Decision time!

Mustafa Shakur's search for a University is almost complete. The Philadelphia point guard completed his visit to NC State Sunday afternoon, arriving back in Pennsylvania at 3:30. TSW caught up with Hunting Park coach Greg Wright to get his impressions on how the trip went.

Mustafa Shakur has completed his official visits. The Philly Flash took his trips to Tucson and Raleigh. Armed with information obtained through the summer, in-home visits, and his trips to two of the most promising programs in collegiate basketball, it now appears he has all the facts he needs to form an opinion according to Coach Wright. "He got back this afternoon. He had a great time at NC State. He now needs time to spend with his family to talk about what's best. He will think and study hard about both schools. It will be a difficult decision. He had a blast at both schools."

The original plan was to make a choice sometime during the second week of October. That has now changed according to Wright. "Originally, an announcement was to come October 10th or 11th. I think he could have a decision by the end of the week. It will all depend on what he wants. Both schools are competitive." Wright explained, "Arizona has recent tradition while NC State is up and coming. Both will be in the NCAAs. The ACC has a lot of great guards in their league. Arizona plays against some good competition too. He can't go wrong with either choice."

Mustafa had a chance to play with and against the NC State players on his visit. "Mustafa played with the NC State players on Friday. They played till late into the night. He had a good time. Saturday he was able to hang out with the students and that went well also."

Shakur was able to see the NC State players work ethic up close and personal. In a Sunday night interview with top recruiting expert, Dave Telep, Mustafa took notice of the legendary time put on the court by the Wolfpack team. When asked what most impressed him about NC State he was quoted as saying "The most impressive thing to me was just how hard Julius Hodge works." Shakur's practice time is also legendary. In an earlier interview with coach Wright he told TSW that "no one will outwork Mustafa". This begs the question... Did Julius and Mustafa even sleep Friday night?





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