July 7, 2010

Hard-working Top Three Prospect Shabazz Muhammad 'Has No Leaders'

Recently, I spoke with Winston Shepard, a 6'8", 200 lb. small forward, who is among the top talents for the class of 2012. He plays for Findlay Prep High School, and Dream Vision on the AAU circuit.

One of his AAU teammates (and closest friends) is Shabazz Muhammad, a 6'5", 190 lbs, shooting guard, whom we also have profiled on TigerSportsReport.com before, and he took out the time to give us a quick update on his status.

He's been nursing an ankle injury since the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, but says he has back to his original form now.

"It's doing better. I'm one hundred percent now. I can't really feel the ankle at all," he explains. "It's all good now."

Since June 15, the date when college coaches could begin to contact rising-junior prospects, Shabazz has only received two new offers. But, as even any casual college basketball fan should know, they are the behemoths of the college basketball landscape.

"North Carolina and Duke did (offer) me," he said point-blank.

Do the offers impact his recruitment in a major way?

"I think it does because of how prestigious North Carolina and Duke (are)."

While most players his age are already beginning to start visit prospective schools, Shabazz focuses on just improving his game and grinding it out everyday. As of now, he has no plans to visit any schools.

"No, I don't have any plans to visit any schools soon," he insists. "I'll focus on that later, but not right now."

With July now upon us, Shabazz and many of his Dream Vision teammates will be in the thick of a hectic evaluation period. So far, he has impressed college coaches with his overall demeanor, and everytime he steps on the court, it appears as if he has perfected another part to his game.

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