Muhammad, the 6-5 wing from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, is the #2-ranked player in the nation by Scout.com, and Parker, the 6-8 center from Lithonia (Georgia) Miller Grove, is the nation's 20th-ranked prospect.
Muhammad is scheduled to announce his decision April 10th, and Parker on April 11th, which is first day of the National Signing Period.
We've reported consistently for a considerable time that UCLA was the leader for Muhammad, and all recent indications are that he's going to announce his decision for UCLA. We've had it from good sources that Muhammad is committed to the Bruins. Also still trying are Kentucky and Duke.
Parker, on the other hand, has been a little more difficult to pin down. He has had UCLA as his leader at different times, but we've heard that he's fluctuated between a few programs, almost on a daily basis. He also lists Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and Ohio State, but recent reports have said it's between UCLA, Duke and Memphis. The most recent information we've received is that UCLA is currently leading, but it was given with a caveat that there are still a number of days before Parker is planned to announce, which provides many opportunities for him to change his mind.
Muhammad, Parker and UCLA-signee Kyle Anderson, the 6-8 point forward from Jersey City (New Jersey) St. Anthony, the #4-ranked player in the country, are all currently participating in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon, an event which pits a national high-school all-star team against an international one. The game is Saturday, the 7th (to be televised by Fox Sports Net), and the team has been practicing and attending events for the last couple of days, with the three reportedly spending time together (witness the pic above that was Tweeted from the event).
There was some buzz about Muhammad potentially going to Kentucky after the Wildcats won the national championship, but now more and more reports from national sources are conceding that Muhammad looks to be destined for UCLA.
Most of the recent news on Parker indicates a definite swing toward the Bruins.
If UCLA were to land both Muhammad and Parker, to go along with Anderson and Jordan Adams, the 6-4 shooting guard from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill (#75 in the nation), it would be a particular recruiting coup for UCLA Coach Ben Howland. Muhammad, Parker and Anderson are all three McDonald's All-Americans, and the class could very well be ranked #1 or #2 in the nation.
The recruiting class would be coming into UCLA this fall to christen the new Pauley Pavilion.