TOC: Shabazz Muhammad Q&A

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Shabazz Muhammad staked his claim this weekend at the Tournament of Champions as the top wing in the 2012 class.

What are the schools on your list that have offered you at this point?

Texas, Kansas, UNLV, UCLA, Louisville, Georgetown, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington.

And are you listing schools that haven't yet offered?

Yeah, definitely – North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky.

Have you taken any recent visits?

Yeah, I took a visit to Duke and North Carolina (in March) and I plan on taking one again. I'm looking forward to coming down there again.

When do you think you might make that return trip?

I don't know, I'm going to see what fits my schedule.

Where do you stand with North Carolina right now?

My dad talked to them recently. I've talked to Roy (Williams) a lot of times and Coach (Jerod) Haase.

Do you think they'll offer you a scholarship?

I'm not sure yet. I'm just going to worry about handling on the court first and go from there.

How about the latest in your recruitment by Duke?

I really like Duke. I talked to Coach K two days ago, he was talking about some good stuff, and I look forward to visiting them again. … I like their style of play – he lets his guards play – and atmosphere, I was at the North Carolina-Duke game and it was wild.

Do you have any idea of a timetable for your recruitment right now?

I'm just going to focus on basketball and school right now. I'm not going to commit early and I'm just going to weigh my options out.

Do you think you're going to wait to take official visits next fall?

I think so. I'm going to see what the right fit is for me and my family and go from there.

Do you have any schools in mind that you think will definitely be in that group of official visits?

Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky probably.

Do you look at all at recruiting classes to see who schools are bringing in that you might play with?

That's not a big deal. My dad has taught me how to compete, so whoever fits me, that doesn't matter.

You come from a family of great athletes. How has that helped you as a basketball player?

It definitely helps me out. My mom was a track Hall-of-Famer, and my dad played at USC at the highest level. They've helped me out a lot.

(Note: In addition, Muhammad's older sister is a professional tennis player and his younger brother is a promising basketball prospect)

What type of basketball player was your father?

He was a little bit like me, shooting guard at 6-5 at USC.

How much is your father helping you with your game?

I go every day with my dad, for two to three hours, working on my skillset and my jumpshot. Sometimes we do two-a-days.

What do you think the strengths of your game are?

It has to be my defense, my post moves, perimeter game and mid-range.

You average a lot of points, but it seems like your defense often feeds your offense.

I like to play defense, get blocks. I've got some long arms so I'm going to try and use them as I can.

It's not common to see a wing so willing to battle in the post …

That's just natural to me. I'm just trying to get a lot of rebounds and block shots.

Can you talk about what aspects of your game you feel you need to develop?

Just my skillset overall, getting tougher and playing harder … and my knowledge around the game.

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