Saturday, September 17, 2011

UCLA Has In Home Visit With Shabazz Muhammad


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UCLA Has In Home Visit With Shabazz Muhammad

by AK Murthy
Published on 09-13-2011 09:38 PM

Coach Ben Howland just finished an in home visit with the Bruins' top 2012 target, Shabazz Muhammad. A 6'6 wing and the top prep prospect in the country, Muhammad is choosing between UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, and UNLV.

After watching 2012 Bruin commit Dominic Artis at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 9th, Howland then went to the Muhammad household to have an in home visit, which was the first one scheduled for the 2012 wing.

"I thought it went really well," Muhammad told "I've had a relationship with coach Howland for so long now and we've talked so much that it wasn't anything new really, but it was good to do the visit. It was cool to hear about the new stadium too."

Muhammad said that Howland's coaching style and system were particularly appealing to him.

"Coach Howland is a mastermind on offense," Muhammad said. "He's a real genius when it comes to getting guys open and creating in the half court. I think I would do really well there."

"I like that UCLA is a premier program in the west too," he added. "Location isn't a deciding factor for me, but LA is close to home and would allow my family to see me more."

Muhammad also mentioned that he sees UCLA as a program on the rise because of their recruiting success as of late.

"UCLA has brought in a lot of good players in my class," he said. "Dominic Artis, Jordan Adams, they're great players and that's a big thing for me. I want to go somewhere where they have a lot of talent and we'll be competing for championships."

Bruins Ball also spoke with Ron Holmes, Muhammad's father.

"Shabazz will make a decision when he's ready and the time is right," said Holmes. "When he does make his decision, he'll be sure that it's the right one for him and for his future. He's a very intelligent kid so I know he's going to make the right decision, and he's got his entire family's support through the process."

"We've always been high on UCLA," he said. "It's a great west coast school with a lot of tradition and success, and we have great trust in Coach Howland."

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