Shabazz Muhammad Diary: The Intro
Words. Shabazz Muhammad
Few players, if any, had as productive a summer as Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad — evidenced by his 32 ppg scoring average on the AAU scene.
Now every school from North Carolina to UCLA to Duke is in hot pursuit of Muhammad, making his one of the most intriguing recruiting stories in the country.
Muhammad, a junior who is ranked No. 8 in the HSH National Top 50, has agreed to give HSH exclusive access by chronicling his thoughts in this regular diary where he’ll keep everyone updated on everything from his personal life to his high school season to his recruiting process:
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What’s up everyone! This is the first entry for my new diary, so check back often for new entries to come!
Well, I finished off my summer at the Elite 24 at Venice Beach and that was a great experience because there was just so much competition there. As a younger guy, I think it was really beneficial because it gave me a chance to play against the older guys one more time. That always helps.
The downtime at the Elite 24 was real cool, too. We basically just hung out in our rooms and we got to play against John Wall and Eric Bledsoe in Madden. I’ve got to give it to John, he wasn’t losing in Madden. He was definitely doing his thing in that.
Another cool part of the Elite 24 experience was that we got to do a late-night run with a lot of NBA guys. They definitely showed us why they’re in the NBA! They’re so quick on both ends of the floor. John had a lot of highlights and Brandon Jennings was doing some crazy things out there too.
The best part was that it let me gauge where my game was at, and I definitely see how I will be at that level soon. The biggest difference is their speed. They’re a little faster than me right now, but I’m a hard worker. Those guys work on their games 24/7, and we still have school and stuff, but I know that I’ll continue to get better and faster.
Elite 24 also gave me a chance to hang with my boys one last time before the summer ended. The guys I keep in touch with the most from the AAU circuit are Kyle Anderson (Paterson Catholic, NJ), DaJuan Coleman (Jamesville-DeWitt, NY) and Alex Murphy (St. Marks, MA). We just talk about regular stuff. Like, I was just asking DaJuan if Syracuse was cold because I heard it was real cold out there. We don’t get that kind of weather over here.
The guys always ask me if it’s fun living in Vegas. People think it’s always live over here in Vegas, but to be honest, it’s actually kinda slow. Most people that live here don’t even go to The Strip. That’s more a tourist thing.
Now that school has started up, I do most of my training after school. Then when I get home I watch football. I’m a big football fan! My team is the Titans. I like Vince Young and Chris Johnson. That guy is soooo fast!
Other than that, obviously I’ve got to think about my recruitment. I’m excited about heading over to North Carolina for Late Night on Oct. 15. This will be my first midnight madness event so I’m really excited about it! I watched Kentucky’s on TV last year and it looked real crazy, so I can’t wait to get down to North Carolina to see how it is. I’ve heard that they dance and stuff like that. Even Coach Roy (Williams) gets out there and dances, so that should be interesting. I think I’m going to tour the campus and watch them practice the day after so that will be cool.
Since the contact period has started I’ve had a lot of coaches come to my school to watch me workout. Duke has been here, Memphis, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky, UNLV, UCLA … I’m expecting a lot more schools too, like Texas, USC and Kansas.
I know some people look for the coaches to be there on the first day, but not me. It doesn’t really matter when you show up, as long as you are showing interest. Last year it was a little weird to have those big-time coaches in here to see me, but this year it’s more fun.
I do know that I need to cut my list down because there are so many schools recruiting me, I don’t even remember them all sometimes. I am planning to cut my list down to seven around the start of my season. So sometime in November, probably.
One of the cool things about the process is getting to know the coaches. They’re really interesting and funny guys. They’re really normal too. Like Coach K told me that his wife makes him clean the house on the weekend, and Coach Roy told me that he cleans out his garage all the time. I just thought that was cool that big-time coaches like that do things like that. I didn’t know those guys cleaned!
Anyway, thanks again for reading everyone. Until next time…