"Showtime" Intrigues Michigan

Columbus, OH.- The state of Michigan is deep with talent at the guard position in the 2010 class. Many are already known within the circles of coaches and readers and the list just expanded as Grand Rapids Catholic Central star and Mustang standout Sultan "Showtime" Muhammed.

Columbus, OH.- Grand Rapids (MI) Catholic Central guard Sultan Muhammed has worked hard over the last year to gain the attention of many schools including the University of Michigan. The youngster gained the nickname “Showtime” en route to a championship run at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic last year with the Michigan Mustangs 15-and-under team. His ability to score from 19 feet and in makes him dangerous for opponents and exciting for fans. I had the opportunity to catch up with the rising junior at the All Ohio Red Tournament in Columbus this weekend. His scoring ability is evident but the trait that many might not know about is willingness to stay aggressive on the boards and on defense.

“It feels good to contribute to the team," said Muhammed. "I like to rebound because I can bring the ball up (the court). We win the rebounding battle. We win the game.”

Winning is at the forefront for “Showtime” and he has been a part of a couple of tournament wins on the A.A.U. circuit. On the high school scene, the Catholic Central starter made it to the Class B regional semi-final before bowing out to state semi-finalist Forest Hills Northern.

He shares credit for much of the successwi future college players Duthke Mondy ’09, Thomas Drew ‘09, and Anthony Guyton ’10. Muhammed knows that he has talent that he didn't get to where he is on his own. He is also modest and knows that he has room to improve.

“I need to work on my D(efense), ball handling, and become more of a complete player," Muhammed admitted. "I want to become a defensive leader in A.A.U. and in high school and become more of a vocal leader.”

The kid is tough to as he played through a sore knee, black eye, and a bruised quad in the King James Shooting Stars Classic last month and had this to say about his light injuries, “play through the pain or go home.”

Perhaps his toughness combined with the skills that earned him his knick name are reasons that Michigan, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Oklahoma St., Stanford, Virginia, Toledo, Central Michigan, and Oakland University are paying close attention to this rising star.

That's a nice group of schools and before he makes a decision about where he is he's headed, he’ll attend Michigan’s Elite Camp on June 27th. Before that, “Showtime” and the Mustangs 16-and-under team will be looking to avenge a loss from the finals of the King James Shooting Stars Classic. The team that knocked them out was the All Ohio Red 16-and-under, which has big time firepower in Ohio State verbal commit Jared Sullinger, U. of Dayton commit Juwan Staton, and other very talented players like Jordan Sibert, Aaron Craft, Adreian Payne, and J.D. Weatherspoon just to name a few.

I just ran into Michigan signee Jordan Morgan and he’ll attend the Elite camp as well. Morgan told me that “Showtime” can expect to learn what Coach Beilein expects of his recruits and that will help make him a better player.

In my opinion, Muhammed will be mentioned amongst the Applings, Zeiglers, Talleys, and other elite Michigan guards in the 2010 class before long.

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