Shabazz Muhammad Diary: Package Deals and Christmas Lists
Words. Shabazz Muhammad
Few players, if any, had as productive a summer as Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad — evidenced by his 32 ppg scoring average on the AAU scene. Now every school from North Carolina to Memphis to Duke is in hot pursuit, making for 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 us exclusive access by chronicling his thoughts in this regular diary where he’ll keep everyone updated on his high school season and the recruiting process:
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What’s up world! It’s been a little while since my last diary. Sorry about that, I’ve just been busy getting ready for the season.
Since my last diary I took a visit to North Carolina for “Late Night with Roy” and that was a great experience. Just hanging out with Harrison Barnes and talking with Coach Roy Williams was great. It was basically a lot of reinforcement. Seeing the arena when it’s all filled was crazy! Those fans were going crazy when the players were in layup lines, so I know during a game they get really crazy!
Coach Williams pulled me into his office and showed me footage of Danny Green and Wayne Ellington and just how free that offense is and how the guards can really get off in it.
I got a chance to hang out with L.J. Rose (Second Baptist, TX) and P.J. Hairston (Hargrave Military, VA). It was my first time meeting L.J., so that was pretty cool.
While I was there, Harrison Barnes and John Henson were recruiting me pretty hard, and just to have players like that wanting me to come and play with them is a blessing.
I haven’t taken anymore visits since then. Like I said, I’m just getting ready for this season. We open on Dec. 10, so I’m really excited about that. I’ve definitely put in a lot of work to get ready for this season. I know that a lot of the teams are gonna be focused on me this year. They did that last year too, but this is the first time we’ll play a national schedule. We’ve got to really represent and raise our level every game because if we don’t we’re gonna get embarrassed, and I’m not trying to be embarrassed.
I still haven’t cut my list of colleges down, but I think I’ll cut it down after the season starts. I want to get it down to five or seven schools. Right now there are just too many schools on my list. I’ve got some schools that I don’t really like on the list so I think it’s important for me to get it down to a smaller number. That way I can focus on it a little more.
Right now the schools that keep in touch with me the most are Memphis, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and a few others. It helps that coaches are still allowed to get in touch with us through Facebook because they can message us when we’re online and see what’s going on with us and things like that. Most of the schools on my list are my friends on Facebook.
I definitely plan to check out the teams that are recruiting me now that the college season has started. I want to see their styles and especially how they use their guards. I haven’t got a chance to see Duke’s all-access show on ESPN, but my mom taped it for me on TiVo, so I’m definitely looking forward to watching that.
Of course the Early Signing Period is here and I was looking at all the guys like Austin Rivers (Winter Park, FL) and Quinn Cook (Oak Hill Academy, VA) and all those guys signing, and I look forward to the day that I’m done with the whole process. But I know that I’m not ready to be at that point, and I’m just enjoying the process. It’s a real blessing to have all of these schools recruiting me.
I definitely have been talking to my man Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian, NC) a lot about college and now that we’re in the same graduating class, we’ve been talking more and more about playing together in college. We talk about being a dynamic duo in college and how well we play off of each other. He can play the one or the two in college, so we just talk about sharing the backcourt. Rodney reminds me of a Dwyane Wade/John Wall type and that’s just crazy!
I know that a lot of people talk about going to school together and a lot of times it doesn’t happen, but I think it’s really likely for us. We’ve been talking a lot and texting all the time about it. We’re just trying to figure out what college would fit both of us and are recruiting us equally hard. We talk about schools like Memphis, Duke, Kentucky, Texas and UNLV. So we’re definitely looking at that option very seriously.
Other than me and Rodney talking, Jabari Brown (Oakland, CA) has really been recruiting me hard too. He wants me to put Oregon on my list now that he’s headed there. I might just do that. We have a tournament there this year and so I’m gonna talk to the coaches and see what the campus is like when we go there.
Other than that, of course Christmas is right around the corner and even though I don’t do the whole Christmas tree and decorations thing, I DO open presents. I think I’ll probably get an iPad and some money this year.
Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and definitely check back for my next entry!