Inside Info on Muhammad and Parker

We've recently heard from reliable sources about the recruitment of both Shabazz Muhammad, the #1-ranked player in the nation, and Tony Parker, the nation's #19-ranked player...

Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker have recently indicated they are coming to UCLA, according to sources.

Muhammad, the 6-5 small forward from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, is the #1-ranked player in the country, according to Scout.com. Parker, the 6-8, 255-pound post from Lithonia (Georgia) Miller Grove, is the nation's #19-ranked player.

Neither Muhammad nor Parker signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November, choosing to wait until April for the late signing period.

It's long been thought by some close to his recruiting situation that Muhammad was leaning to UCLA. In the last few months other sources have indicated that Kentucky was making a very serious run for him, and that he still was seriously considering Duke. Good sources, however, have told us recently that Muhammad has strongly indicated to UCLA that he will be a Bruin.

Perhaps the bigger news is that of Parker indicating he, also, will be coming to UCLA. There have been rumors that Parker was leaning to Ohio State or Duke at times, and Kansas and Kentucky have tried to get in on his recruitment.

Key to all of this is Kyle Anderson, the 6-8 point forward from Jersey City (New Jersey) St. Anthony. Anderson, the #3-ranked player in the nation, signed an NLI for UCLA in November. He is close to both Muhammad and Parker, and it was long thought that his commitment to UCLA was a very strong indication that Muhammad intended to be a Bruin also. We've heard that Anderson has been critical in the recruitment of Parker, selling him on the three of them coming to UCLA together.

Muhammad and Parker will sign NLIs in April and, of course, there's a long time between now and then. But barring unforeseen circumstances, the intention of Muhammad and Parker right now is to sign with UCLA.


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