Shabazz Muhammad Diary: Three leaders emerge
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 UCLA is in hot pursuit of the 6-5 junior, making his one of the most intriguing recruiting stories in the country.
Muhammad, 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! Between the holidays and then basketball season getting underway, I haven’t done a diary entry in a while, so the first thing I’ll say is Happy New Year!
A lot has been going well for my team lately. We didn’t do that well at the City of Palms (Fort Myers, FL) tournament, and we got to the title game of the Les Schwab Invitational (Portland, OR) and lost to DeMatha (MD), but since then we’ve really come together as a team and have really been playing well. Our team is definitely getting a lot more attention this year and maybe that affected us a little at the bigger tournaments, but that’s all behind us now. I feel like we’ve made the necessary adjustments and we’re playing like a team now. I’m excited about the rest of the season.
I know that I said I’d be cutting my list of colleges down at some point, but I haven’t done that yet. I’ve got some great schools recruiting me, so I feel fortunate. Right now Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, North Carolina, Louisville, Memphis, UNLV and Kansas are all recruiting me pretty hard.
I know that I’m allowed to take five official visits, but I don’t know that I’ll take all five. I definitely want to make the best decision, so I’ll probably take around three or so. I’ve been getting more serious about the whole process, and right now I’d say that UCLA, Duke and Kentucky are standing out. I’d say they’re my top three. I still like other schools, but those are the three that are standing out.
I’m definitely gonna visit Kentucky soon, though I’m not sure on the date yet. I’m headed to Duke on Friday. I’m really excited about that. They play Virginia on Saturday and after that I’m headed to the Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts.
I’ve been to Duke once and the atmosphere was just great! I’m really looking forward to getting down there and meeting the players and hanging out with them. I didn’t get to meet Kyrie Irving and those guys that time, so I’m ready to hang out with them. I may even find out about Kyrie’s toe while I’m down there, we’ll see. I really hope they get him back! I’m gonna keep this visit all about Duke. I want to be loyal to Coach K and those guys and I want to really get a feel for everything there. I’ve seen a lot of Duke on TV this year and they’ve looked great! I also watch Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, Memphis and North Carolina, too.
There have been a lot of competitive games this year, but in the end if I had to predict a national championship matchup I think it’ll be Duke and … Man, it’s kind of tough … Well, I know it’s gonna be Duke.
Other than that, I’ve been listening to a lot of new music. I’m really feeling J.Cole, also Lil Wayne, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa. I’ll probably be listening to one of them before our big game next week against St. Patrick (NJ). We’ll be on TV, so we’re excited about that. I’ve been talking to Michael Gilchrist a lot heading into the game, and I know they’ve been doing really well. I hope that it comes down to the wire! It should be pretty competitive.
Mike and I talk about Kentucky, too. He’s trying to get me to come there and Austin Rivers is trying to get me to come to Duke. He’s always been recruiting me hard to Duke. Then Quincy Miller is recruiting me to Baylor, too. They’re definitely recruiting me the hardest amongst 2011 guys for sure.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now people. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to read. Check back soon for my next entry!
Watch Shabazz put in work at the Les Schwab Invitational