Muhammad Staying in Touch with UNC

LAS VEGAS --- Sophomore Shabazz Muhammad is going to get his sophomore season started out with a bang this weekend.

Ranked in's top 10 for the class of 2012, the 6-foot-4 wing will face a stiff test right off the bat as he and his Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman teammates square off with the nation's top ranked team, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep at the Orleans Arena in Vegas on Saturday.

The spotlight has already been shining on him plenty, but Muhammad is a refreshing, down to Earth kid who takes it in stride.

"I just really try to stay humble," said Muhammad. "I know that I'm getting a lot of attention and I'm just trying to get my teammates some attention too."

Although he doesn't brag about the attention and is keeping things in perspective, Muhammad doesn't run from the spotlight either. He makes it clear that he likes the pressure of having to be at his best and he also understands that he's part of a new generation of prospects that is turning Vegas into a hoops hotbed.

"I think that Vegas has had a lot of good players but the scouts haven't really gotten to come out here," said Muhammad. "I think we are coming along well. California has been known as a great basketball state out west for years, but Nevada is coming along and I hope we can get like them."

Attention hasn't just come from scouting services and recruiting web sites. The versatile wing is getting real, legitimate interest from high level college basketball programs.

"I've got offers from Kansas, Texas, UNLV, UCLA, San Diego State, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Louisville, Wake Forest, there's a lot," says Muhammad. "North Carolina is interested too but they haven't offered."

Speaking more specifically with regards to Carolina. Muhammad says that he's been in touch with Tar Heels staff.

"I've talked a lot to their assistant coaches," Muhammad said. "One of my coaches here is a great friend with the coaches at North Carolina."

The lefty is also keeping tabs on the Heels when they hit the floor.

"I love their style of play," said Muhammad. "I watch them on TV when I can. North Carolina is a great program. Their assistants have watched me and Roy Williams watched me in AAU during the summer so I watch them."

Even with all of the attention from schools, Muhammad says that he's nowhere near making a decision and that he has no favorite. He's more focused on the big matchup with Findlay and his sophomore season than anything else. From the sounds of it, he won't be making a college choice any time soon.

"It's still too far down the road," says Muhammad of when he may make a decision. "I think I'll really start visiting these schools and my dad is calling the coaches so that we can start to feel comfortable with the programs."

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