Muhammad visiting Louisville

Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 3-rated prospect in the Class of 2012, plans to visit Louisville this weekend. Muhammad spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his upcoming trip to Louisville and interest in Rick Pitino's Cardinal program.

Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 ranked small forward in the 2012 class, was supposed to pay Rick Pitino's Cardinals a visit last week, but has rescheduled the trip for this coming weekend.

"I had to reschedule to this weekend because we had practice [last] Saturday," Muhammad said. "[This] weekend I'm going to Louisville."

Muhammad has already made several visits this fall, including trips to UNC, Memphis, UCLA, USC, Duke. Those schools are receiving serious consideration from Muhammad, who also is interested in Louisville.

"It's going really good with Louisville. I talk with Coach Pitino and coach [Tim] Fuller and they're great guys," Muhammad said. "I like the way they run. I watched them against Butler and they were pretty impressive. I really like their style of play."

One of the Top 5 prospects in the nation, Louisville has told Muhammad he's their No. 1 2012 wing prospect. Pitino tracked the skilled 6-foot-5 forward last summer on the AAU circuit, and Fuller has developed a solid relationship since replacing Walter McCarty on Louisville's staff this summer.

"They're really showing a lot of interest in me and I really like Louisville," Muhammad said. "It's a great school to go to and I'm really looking forward to visiting and seeing what it's like to play for Louisville."

"We [Fuller] have built a really good relationship," added Muhammad. "He's a great guy."

Muhammad also is thinking about attending the same school as five-star guard Rodney Purvis. Purvis plans to visit Louisville this weekend, and the two five-star prospects talk about Louisville.

"He likes a lot of schools I like, we have a lot of schools in common" Muhammad said. "I like to talk schools with him. If everything happens [right] we could go to schools together. We've talked about Louisville as a possibility. We're interested in Louisville."

Muhammad also said that Louisville is recruiting his AAU teammate, Winston Sheppard, though Shepard won't visit the Cardinals next week with Muhammad. Shepard, a four-star 6-foot-6 forward, is ranked one of the Top 60 prospects by Scout.com.

"I don't have a list of favorites yet, I just want to make sure I make the right decision," Muhammad said. "I want to talk to the coaches and see the schools and go from there. It's going to come down to how comfortable I am with the school. That's a big factor for me. Also the relationship with the coach and the style of play that they run. That could be a big difference in my decision."


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