Muhammad Leaving His Mark

LAWRENCE, Kan. --- Playing in the Jayhawk Invitational this past weekend, Shabazz Muhammad had intentions of leading his Dreamvision squad to the championship. Although that didn't work out, Muhammad still made his mark.

The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout put up over 30 points on opening night and was consistent with his effort throughout the three-day event, though his strong play wasn't enough as Dreamvision fell late Saturday evening.

But this isn't a new development. Recruitniks and analysts have raved about the spring he's having.

"We've been wining a lot of games and we are just getting after it," Muhammad said. "I've been trying to get my teammates involved. I'm trying to play defense and rebound and just help out my team as much as possible in anyway I can." Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 multi-dimensional wing, has a versatile game that allows him to play inside and out. Unique for a guy his age and size, Muhammad enjoys taking defenders to the post and he's impressive on the block.

"I just look at my guy and if he's short I'm going to post up," the five-star 2012 prospect said. "If he's tall I'm going to go around him. I just try to keep that mindset."

That mindset is one of the reasons Muhammad is being so heavily recruited from the top programs in the country. Already he holds offers from Memphis, UNLV, Texas, Kansas, UCLA, Louisville and Kentucky. UNC and Duke are also recruiting him.

"A lot of schools have been contacting my dad," Muhammad said. "Memphis has been recruiting me hard and I like them a lot. They are new in the recruitment."

While Muhammad singled out Memphis as the school recruiting him the hardest, he mentioned that the Tar Heels have shown him attention as well, but they are taking their approach a little differently than the others.

"They are just saying that they are recruiting me hard and that I'm very young and they don't offer sophomores right now," Muhammad said of UNC. "I'm hoping to just get after it and hopefully I'll get an offer from them."

Muhammad took a trip to North Carolina for a pair of visits to UNC and Duke few months ago and he was able to get a better feel for both programs.

"It was a great experience," he said of the trip. "Duke's crowd was crazy and North Carolina's crowd was crazy also. I could see myself in the future with any of those teams."

North Carolina has singled out a pair of wings in the 2012 class – Muhammad and J.P Tokoto. The UNC staff has spoken to each prospect about the other, and Muhammad even thinks they'd be willing to take both.

"They said that we were the only two sophomores that they were recruiting right now," he said. "So that's good. They said they like us both. I haven't seen him play yet, but I've heard he's a wing. We can both be wings [together]. It doesn't matter."

"I like the school," Muhammad added about UNC. "Roy Williams is a great coach. I love the style of play and I'm looking to take another visit there."

Muhammad said he's growing more familiar with the recruiting process, but for now he is focused on "basketball and grades."

Muhammad, who led Bishop Gorman to a state title, is ranked in's top 10 in the 2012 class.

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