Friday, May 6, 2011

Target for 2012: Shabazz Muhammad (6-6 205 SF; Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV)






Shabazz Muhammad
6'6" 205 lbs
Small Forward
CLASS: 2012
Overall Rank #5
Position Rank #1

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
High School: Bishop Gorman

Status: Undeclared

Considering: UCLA Bruins, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels, Texas Longhorns

Player Evaluation

The chiseled left-hander is potent in the open court where he attacks the rim with a vengeance. In the half court set he is very comfortable utilizing a two-dribble pull up where he gets great elevation. Within 15-feet of the basket he is virtually unstoppable at this level and his competitive nature is contagious. He has a knack for scoring in tight spaces or he just elevates over the defense and his touch is remarkably smooth. Muhammad is a good mid range shooter off the catch and can hit open threes with needed time and space although he is streaky. Muhammad also has the size and athletic ability to be a multiple position lock down defender.

Muhammad must work to be a more consistent three point shooter and work on his one on one moves especially going to his right. His ball handling (while being pressured) is still shaky and he needs to continue to extend the range on his shot, but we're nitpicking here. At times he will gamble for steals on defense and pick up cheap fouls.

Bottom Line:
Muhammad is a super athletic wing that can score inside and out. He rebounds on both ends and is a capable lock down defender. Muhammad can get into a scoring groove and drop big numbers. Each class has a prospect that is willing to do anything to win. For the class of 2011 it was Kentucky-bound Michael Gilchrist. For the class of 2012, it appears to be Muhammad.

Travel Team: Dream Vision...Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Memphis have also offered...Averaged 25.1 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior...2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Nevada...

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