Muhammad Visits UNC

North Carolina has two sophomore wings on its radar, and each of the 2012 standouts has made a recent visit. J.P. Tokoto visited UNC a few weeks ago, and this past weekend was Shabazz Muhammad's turn for an unofficial trip to Chapel Hill.

Muhammad, who also visited Duke during the N.C. trip, met with the Tar Heel staff and players during the team shootaround and was also able to spend some one-on-one time with Carolina's head man.

"I talked to Roy Williams and really got to talk to him," Muhammad said. "I went around the campus and saw the practice gym, the weight room and just everything. It was just an amazing experience."

"He was just talking about how their program has been successful in past years and how they won a championship in '05 and '09," he added. "He talked about how he was interested in me and said he's planning on coming down to watch me play."

Much like North Carolina's staff said to Tokoto, the coaches informed Muhammad that they don't offer scholarships until after a prospect's sophomore year, but said they would actively recruit him.

"He doesn't offer sophomores, so I don't have an offer yet from them," the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman star said. "He did say he's going to come down a lot and come see me and watch me play."

Does the fact that North Carolina hasn't offered, but Kansas, Texas, Louisville, UCLA, USC and Arizona have affect Muhammad's interest?

"Not at all," he said. "I respect what he had to say, of course it's Coach Roy. I just look forward to hearing from them and I'm going to keep working hard on my game to get an offer from them."

Williams also talked with Muhammad briefly about UNC's recruitment of Tokoto, a 6-foot-6 wing out of Wisconsin.

"He just said those were the two sophomores that he's recruiting at this point, me and J.P," Muhammad said.

Overall, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound small forward, raved about his trip to North Carolina.

"I love North Carolina," he said. "They'll be there until the end. I like the atmosphere, the gym and just the campus in general."

Muhammad also spent a significant amount of time on Duke's campus, including Saturday night's UNC-Duke game.

"I was impressed with both coaches -- Coach K and Roy Williams – by just the way they talk and how their programs perform. The atmosphere [at the game] was just off the chart.

"Those are the only two schools that I've visited so far, for an actual visit," he added. "I'm looking forward to visiting most of the schools I'm interested in like Kansas and Texas and all those schools I have on my list."

Muhammad also mentioned he'd like to take trips to Louisville, UCLA, USC and Arizona.

"I have plans to visit all of those schools. I don't think going to make an early decision. I want to sit down and really do my homework on all of these schools with my dad and take these visits and watch how these schools play."

Muhammad is regarded as the No. 7 overall prospect and No. 3 at the small forward position in Scout.com's early 2012 rankings.

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