Muhammad Discusses Recruitment

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Following a win over DeMatha and scoring 37 points on national television, Shabazz Muhammad, Scout.com's No. 1 prospect in the 2012 class, broke down his recruitment...

As the consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2012 class, everyone is curious where Shabazz Muhammad will play his college basketball.

So how many times a day does he get asked about his decision?

"A lot," Muhammad said. "Probably 10 times a day during school. Everybody asks me. I don't mind it now. I just say I don't know yet and go from there."

Muhammad's list consists of Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, UNLV, Arizona, USC and Kansas.

"I'm looking at all my schools right now," Muhammad said following his 37-point outing at the Hoop Hall Classic. "I'm taking it easy and just focusing on this high school career right now and that will come down the road."

Once his senior season winds down, Muhammad is planning to take a few more official visits. He's already taken officials to Texas A&M and Kentucky.

"I'm probably going to do more visits," he said. "I have three more officials. Don't know where I'm going to go yet. I'm definitely going to take those and then go from there."

"None of them are scheduled yet," Muhammad added. "Probably have them scheduled in a month or so."

Muhammad said Duke, Kansas and Arizona are the schools he's looking at for his final three official visits.

"UCLA and UNLV, I probably won't because they are so close to me," Muhammad said. "But those three might get the official and maybe some others."

UNLV recently scored Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch, a top 20 recruit in the 2011 class. As the hometown school, they have made Muhammad their top priority.

"Their program has really come along," he said. "They have Khem Birch and got some other recruits. Coach Rice is doing a really good job and they are a really good team and I'm really looking at them closely."

Despite not having the big name that others on his list have, Muhammad said the direction of the UNLV program is intriguing to him.

"They are just a really good program. They are really going to come around. Brice and all those guys that can play next year, they are going to be a great team and I'm really looking forward to getting involved with the recruitment more and more."

Ben Howland and UCLA have trailed Muhammad as much as any school and one advantage they have is Kyle Anderson. A UCLA signee, Anderson is a guy that Muhammad would love to play with.

"Absolutely," he said. "Who wouldn't want to play with Kyle? The guy just distributes. He sees the floor at 6-9 or 6-8. Most guys at 6-8/6-9 can't even dribble. How he sees the floor is just remarkable."

John Calipari and Mike Kryzewski were both on hand for Muhammad's match up with Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha on national television on Monday. Both Kentucky and Duke are firmly in the mix.

"The interest level in Kentucky is high," Muhammad said. "Coach Cal was here today. I talked to him a week ago. Their style of play, I just think I fit in their style of play. They are just a great program."

"With Duke, Coach K is just a mastermind on offense," he said. "He lets his guards go. I'm really getting excited about going down there."

Although Muhammad said the process isn't easy on him, he seems set on waiting it out and coming to a decision sometime after his senior season.

"It's kind of weighing on me," he admitted. "That's what happens with the recruiting process, but I'm just weighing my options right now and everything is going fine."


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