Exclusive: Muhammad, Anderson Talking about Combining at UCLA
A pair of Five-Star rated 2012 standouts mull decision of becoming future teammates
By Adam Zagoria Special to Fivestarbasketball.com
August 26, 2011 2:47pm ET
Will superstars Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad combine forces at UCLA next fall?
Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson are together this weekend at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif.
And if you don't think the two elite prospects have talked about playing with one another in college, think again.
"We're thinking about it a lot," the 6-foot-8 Anderson from St. Anthony said Friday afternoon by phone from the event. "I mean, we're thinking about it. I don't know how far it will go, but there's a definitely a possibility it could happen."
Asked if UCLA was the only potential landing spot for both players, Anderson said, "Yes."
Muhammad, a 6-6 shooting guard from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2012, also said the dynamic duo have developed a strong friendship and have discussed playing together with the Bruins.
"Kyle, me and him really want to play together in college," Muhammad said. "Just building a relationship with these guys, trying to build up a team for college. We need guys to go with me so our team can be a national championship contender."
Asked about the UCLA possibility, Muhammad added, "Yeah, I think it's an option. We've been really talking about that. Pretty much he's like my best friend now, so I'm always hanging around with him. We're just talking about UCLA, what other schools he likes, what other schools I like."
Anderson lists UCLA, Seton Hall, St. John's, Georgetown and Florida and is due to announce Sept. 20.
A source close to Anderson recently said that UCLA and St. John's "stand out" because of where they're situated.
"Yes, because of their location," the source said. "Both being in large media markets."
Still, publicly, Anderson won't give anything up.
"I don't have any favorites," he said Friday.
Anderon's older sister, Brittany, checked out the UCLA campus earlier this week en route to the Boost Mobile game, but Anderson himself did not go. He has already been there twice.
Muhammad and Anderson shared a recent visit to UCLA with 6-8 Shaq Goodwin of Atlanta and 6-5 UCLA pledge Jordan Adams of Oak Hill Academy.
UCLA coach Ben Howland has talked to the group about forming a potential monster 2012 recruiting class for the Bruins.
"Yeah, yeah, he does," Anderson said. "He definitely does. He tells us every time we come into the office. Just a great class we could have with us four and how the arena's going to be renovated by the time we're freshmen so he definitely talks about it a lot with us."
Muhammad echoed those sentiments from Howland.
"Yeah, he talks about it all the time," Muhammad said. "He talks about that all the time. Coach Howland's a great guy. He's trying to really get good players, and he's already got guys who are good already, Jordan Adams [and Findlay Prep point guard Dominic Artis]. He's gotten guys in there, he's working on more. He's a really good coach, and I really like UCLA and their program."
Still, Muhammad said as many as 13 or 14 schools are currently on his list, with USC, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Texas and UNLV among those in the mix.
The only official visit he has set is to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness Oct. 15.
"I haven't cut it yet," Muhammad said of his list. "My list is pretty big. I'm probably going to cut it in a couple weeks, to seven."