Muhammad Has Collection of Offers

The recruitment of Shabazz Muhammad, the 6-4 wing from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman who is now considered a top ten prospect in the nation for 2012, is going to another level, with many scholarship offers on the table...

An early look at the 2012 class and it appears loaded at the wing spot, and among the top wings in the class is Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High standout Shabazz Muhammad.

Muhammad, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound small forward, was a major attraction during the July evaluation period. College coaches lined the walls at obscure gyms to get a peak at the five-star talent.

Offers are in from Arizona State, Arizona, USC, UCLA, UNLV, Louisville, Washington, Oregon State, Kansas, Wake Forest and "most of the PAC-10." He's also garnered interest from UNC, Duke, Texas and now Kentucky as well.

So what makes Muhammad so special? According to Bishop Gorman head coach Grant Rice it's his desire to win and competitive nature that has so many schools vying for his services

"I think his competitiveness is what makes him so good," Rice said. "Talent wise he's as good as most guys. He's just competitive. He wants to win. He wants to score and he wants to rebound."

"He's not one of those guys that says I'm a wing and I have to stay outside," he added. "He wants to go down in the trenches and do work. He doesn't care if he's out on the wing or under the basket. He wants to get points and go get mismatches and try to win games."

Coming off such a strong summer, Muhammad feels like he has a lot to improve every night out. Unfortunately he's been slowed during his sophomore season with an injury. After missing eight games he's back and ready to compete.

"I know every night somebody is going to try to take my spot," Muhammad told Scout.com. "These college coaches and scouts are looking for me to perform every night so that's what I have to do."

According to Rice, getting Muhammad back into the flow hasn't been hard. Through two games, he's averaging 14 points in just 10 minutes of action.

"He's one of those guys where he comes back and doesn't miss a beat offensively," Rice said. "He's one of those guys that can score and when he gets the ball he looks to score. He's also doing a good job of getting his teammates involved."

Despite a crazy amount of early attention from college coaches, Muhammad and Rice were both quick to stay his recruitment is in the beginning stages.

"Once I take more unofficials and feel more comfortable with the programs and really watch these programs play then I think I'll start cutting down a list," Muhammad told Scout.com.

"He's going to wait," Rice said. "I would think sometime his junior year or after that season he'll figure things out."

Although a decision won't come any time soon, Muhammad has set up a few unofficial visits. The weekend of March 6th Muhammad is set to watch North Carolina and Duke match up.

"I'm going to take an unofficial to Duke and North Carolina and go to that Duke/North Carolina game on the 6th," Muhammad said. "I'll be visiting both schools. I'm going to see Roy Williams and Coach K."

"I just want to go out and see how North Carolina and Duke really play and see the style of play and see their campuses and atmospheres," he added.

Muhammad is also planning a trip to Arizona State in the near future. He hasn't set a date for that trip.

Despite all of the early interest and upcoming visits, Muhammad doesn't have any early favorites.

"They are all really neck and neck right now," Muhammad said. "I like all of the schools."


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