Deacs Jump Ahead For Muhammad

LEXINGTON, KY – Tarriq Muhammad didn't need to score last night to help Norcross (Ga.) High beat Lexington (Ky.) Bryan Station (76-62). The 6-2, 165-pound PG has an easy job and he did it well on the opening night of the Nissan on Nicholasville Shootout.

Playing alongside at least four Division-1 prospects Muhammad's duty is to distribute the rock. On Friday night he only scored four points, but he led the team, got them in their sets and dished out the ball.

"I can score when I want to score, but I have two 6'8 guys and a few 6'6 and 6'5 players on my team so my job is to just get them the ball and if I'm open I'll take it," Muhammad said after the game.

Muhammad likes to push the break, handles the ball well and makes good decisions in the open court. For his age he has a mature game and realizes that there are still aspects he must improve.

"I'm just trying to get better and keep going to the gym and working on my jump shot and trying to make my teammates better. It's a team concept we are just trying to get better so we can win the state tournament."

While Muhammad is just a sophomore he is receiving interesting from South Carolina, Florida, Wake Forest and Tennessee. He said the Gamecocks are showing the most interest right now, but the Demon Deacons are the early favorite.

"They just said I need to come out there and see how the school is and just take it from there. I like Chris Paul and it's a guard oriented school so that's the school I want to see."

They like me right now, but I'm a sophomore, I'm not going to commit right now. I need to go up there and check the campus out, but that's the school I'm really looking forward to. Once it's the summer, I might commit to Wake Forest.

Muhammad will be back in action tonight in the Nissan Nicholasville Shootout against Richmond (Ky.) Madison Central at 5:00.

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