Small forward Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman high school in Las Vegas, Nevada is virtually a unanimous national top-5 recruit in the boysâ€™ basketball class of 2012. That makes for a nice subjective analysis of his talent. But how about an objective measure of his abilities: he has no less than 16 big-time college scholarship offers, including offers from such elite programs as Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, UNLV, and USC.
It was originally thought that the home town UNLV team would have long odds in securing Muhammadâ€™s services amongst the big boys that are after him. But those odds improved after Dave Rice was hired as UNLVâ€™s new menâ€™s basketball coach last month. Rice just happens to be the brother of Shabbazzâ€™s high school coach, Grant Rice. Shabbazzâ€™s father, Ron Holmes, heard the new coach speak and was impressed, and he told the Las Vegas Sun this his son will indeed take a recruiting trip to UNLV. â€œWithout a doubt, UNLV will be right there,â€ Holmes said of UNLVâ€™s chances to sign his son.
Muhammad averaged 25 points per game this past winter and was named the Sunset Regionâ€™s Player of the Year. The 6 foot 6 inch wing player just may be the biggest recruit in Southern Nevada history, and that is saying something.