Shabazz Muhammad Update

LAS VEGAS --- Shabazz Muhammad is not one to rest on his laurels. The top wing in the 2012 class is balancing recruiting with a daily workout regimen as the spring travel circuit nears.

Inside Carolina attended the Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Spring Showcase and chatted with Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes.

How's the recruiting process developing?
It's going pretty well. We are taking trips to build relationships with the coaches. But we aren't focusing totally on recruiting. We are focusing on him getting better as a basketball player.

What does his workout regimen look like now that the season is over?
He's lifting weights four days a week. He has a personal trainer. Then we are going from five to seven five days a week in the Bishop Gorman gym working on pick and roll stuff, a lot of ball handling and a lot of shooting.

You mentioned shooting and ball handling, what else is he working on?
Shooting, ball handling and understanding how to break down defenses. He plays pretty fast and we are trying to slow him down and have him change speeds.

Your most recent visit was to Kentucky. How was that trip?
It went great. We went to the game against Vanderbilt. The atmosphere was off the charts. It was a great trip.

What is it you all like about Kentucky?
I like Coach Cal because he's straight forward. You know what you're going to get with him. He develops players and he gets them in the NBA. It's a great basketball tradition and a great basketball program.

North Carolina has been the recipient of a number of trips. What about that program appeals to you?
At North Carolina they are doing a great job. I like the trees and I like the south. I like Coach Roy Williams and the whole staff. They have a very good team. All of those are very viable for Shabazz.

UNC recently received a verbal pledge from another wing in 2012, J.P. Tokoto. Did UNC talk to you about that?
I think they figured they were going to get J.P., so they told us they wanted to get them both if they could and it's just up to us if Shabazz wants to go there or not. ... We want to win. We want the best players.

Have you spoken to Tokoto's family since their decision?
I talked to his dad. I called his dad and congratulated them for picking North Carolina. I had a relationship with him because I saw him at the Fab 48 last summer, so we are going to continue to talk.

Duke is involved in the process, what is your thoughts on them and their program?
Talk to Duke all the time. We have a real good relationship with Coach K. They always tell us what they see for him in their program, so it's going well.

What about UCLA?
We like UCLA. They have a great tradition there. If the right pieces come that could be a good program for him. It's close to home and on the west coast. We have a great relationship with Coach Howland and Coach Phil Matthews.

Based on a coast-to-coast school list and all the visits being taken, would it be safe to assume that distance from home isn't a prevailing factor in this decision?
It's just best fit. We travel all the time with AAU, so he's comfortable with distance. I don't think that will be a problem.

Do you have a timeframe on when he may make his college choice?
We are going to see what happens after AAU season and narrow it downs after that.

How is Shabazz formulating his list and leaderboard at this point?
With these kids like him and his friend Winston (Shepard), whoever calls last and blows enough smoke, that's who is leading. They are young.

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