Muhammad Lands Tar Heel Offer

Shabazz Muhammad received a phone call Tuesday night from Roy Williams -- as well as a Tar Heel scholarship offer.

"It went well," the highly regarded 2012 prospect said of his conversation with North Carolina's head coach. "I was just talking to them for about 20 minutes."

"He was just talking to me for a while and he told me that he thought I knew I'd get offered and he told me I had a scholarship offer at North Carolina," added Muhammad, a 6-5, 195-pound rising junior from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.

Muhammad, who has visited North Carolina, said that Roy Williams relayed to him that he was one of two 2012 scholarship offers that the Tar Heels were giving out at this time. J.P. Tokoto received an offer early Tuesday morning.

"They just said that we were the only two juniors that they were going to offer (on June 15)," Muhammad said. "So that was pretty special."

"Yes, they do want us to play together," he said when asked about Tokoto. "I feel like in college I can play the two or the three. I haven't seen the J.P. kid play yet but I think he plays the two."

Having already visited and developed a relationship with the Tar Heel staff, Muhammad is quite familiar with the program. One of the things he's grown fond of is Williams' ability to put guys in the NBA.

"I really like North Carolina and just watching them play on TV even though they were struggling this year," Muhammad said. "Coach Roy going back has put guys in the pros like Paul Pierce and those guys. He's just a great coach. "

Muhammad has a number of scholarship offers to date. Among the schools that have offered are Duke, USC, UCLA, Louisville and Kansas.

"I pretty much have offers from everybody I like now," he said.

UNC was the last of the schools he's interested in to offer. Will that have any affect on his recruitment?

"I don't' think it really matters," Muhammad said. "Coach Williams told me they don't offer sophomores. I'm a junior on the 15th and they offered right away when I turned into a junior. I think that was pretty special."

Muhammad, who fielded "13 or 14" phone calls on June 15, which is the first day college coaches can call 2012 prospects, said he's still open and hasn't narrowed down his list of schools.

"I'm probably not going to narrow it down until I start talking to all these coaches and watch these programs and their style of play," he said. "I want to make sure I make the right choice."

Muhammad, a five-star prospect, injured his ankle at the recent Tournament of Champions in North Carolina. He said he's healthy and back on the court.

"It's feeling better," he said. "I'm working out now and I'm full strength."

The No. 7-ranked overall prospect in the 2012 class will be back with Dreamvision in July. He'll participate in the adidas Invitational and NY2LA Sports event during the first half of the month and then he'll play in the adidas Super 64 from July 22 – 26th.

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