Muhammad Sets Record Straight

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --- Over the past week, reported developments in Shabazz Muhammad's recruitment have generated a lot of discussion. The nation's top junior wing prospect set the record straight at the Hoop Hall Classic.

A report surfaced last week stating that Duke, UCLA and Kentucky stood atop Muhammad's list and while he said it's not a true top three, he explained his comments.

"It wasn't really a top three," Muhammad said. "Those schools are just standing out the most right now because they've been in contact the most. I'm just looking at that. North Carolina and Louisville aren't out of it."

So what kept the Tar Heels from the top tier?

"I just think a little bit of communication," Muhammad responded. "The other schools have just been regularly calling, but they definitely aren't out."

Muhammad, the top ranked small forward in the 2012 class, has already taken a pair of unofficial visit to Chapel Hill (N.C.) and he said he anticipates taking at least one more.

"I think I am -- definitely I am," Muhammad explained. I've taken two visits there and you can never take enough visits."

When it comes to North Carolina, Roy Williams is what stands out the most to Muhammad. The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman star has done some research and likes the way he coaches.

"Roy Williams is a great guy and coach," he said. "I've been talking to all of their players and have gotten some feedback on how he teaches the game. It was a great experience."

Just prior to playing in the Hoop Hall, Muhammad took his second trip to Duke last weekend.

"I just visited Duke," he said. "Coach K is a great guy and I got to talk to him. Coach Wojo too. I talked to Kyrie and Nolan and I talked to all of those guys. So it was a great experience for me."

Even with his recent trips, Muhammad is tracking at making a decision sometime following this summer.

"I just want to take all of these visits and make sure I'm making the right choice when it comes down to it.

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