2012 Intro: Shabazz Muhammad

There are few 2012 prospects with as many early options as Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout Shabazz Muhammad. Interest continues to rise, and the Tar Heels are the most recent school to increase their pursuit.

Muhammad already has scholarship offers from UCLA, Louisville, Wake Forest, UNLV, USC, Texas and Kansas. After watching him during the summer circuit, North Carolina stopped by the school this month and he thinks they are primed to offer.

"They told my coach that they are probably going to end up offering," said Muhammad, a 6-foot-4 wing.

"I have a lot of interest in them," the sophomore added. "I grew up watching them play in Final Fours and championships."

Muhammad and his high school coach have kept in touch with the Carolina staff, and he's actually already seen the Chapel Hill campus. While he hasn't gotten the full tour, he was able to take in the environment during the Tournament of Champions in late May.

"I've talked to the assistant and my coach talks to them all the time," Muhammad said. "He has talked to Roy [Williams]. After Bob Gibbons I got to see the campus and it's real nice."

While his recruitment is off to an early start, it doesn't appear that he'll make an early commitment. Having just seen a few campuses, Muhammad wants to take some visits and continue to develop relationships with the coaches before he decides.

"I'm probably going to make it my junior year," Muhammad said of his collegiate decision. "I want to be able to talk to my family and talk to all the coaches and get familiar with their programs."

"Basically I need to take my visits," he said. "I like a lot of schools and a lot of schools have offered. I'm just going to take my visits and talk to the coaches."

This summer playing for Dreamvision, Muhammad, who sees himself more as a shooting guard than a small forward, established himself as a top 10 prospect in the 2012 class.

"I think I played well," he said. "Our teams were winning a lot of games and it went well for us. I played good. It was a nice experience playing against the great competition. It was just good playing against all of these guys."

"I just have to play every game as hard as I can and knowing that every guy that isn't ranked [as high as me] is going to try and take my spot, so I have to play. I like that and it won't let me slack off on the court. It keeps my mind in the game."

Muhammad is ranked the No. 7 sophomore overall by Scout.com and checks in as the No. 3 small forward in a loaded wing class. On the summer circuit this year, the long-armed lefty displayed solid athleticism. He seemed to be able to score at will, whether it was spot up jumpers, drives to the rim or finishes in the open court. He was especially tough to handle on the glass, as he aggressively went after boards.

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