Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA have long been considered the favorites to land top 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad, making it somewhat surprising to hear that the hometown UNLV Running Rebels are in contention for the dynamic 6-foot-6 wing.
But that appears to be the case, according to Muhammad’s Bishop Gorman teammate Demetris Morant, citing the Running Rebels’ fast start this year as the main reason.
“I think Shabazz is really considering going [there] because he feels that they’re a great team and everyone else sees that, too,” Morant, who is committed to UNLV, told FiveStarBasketball.com in an interview. “And they’re ranked in the nation.
“At first he wasn’t thinking about going there because he thought they wouldn’t be that good and he wouldn’t be looked at by [NBA] scouts. So he was mostly considering Kentucky, but now UNLV is in the top three.”
Muhammad is one of the last few top recruits in the 2012 recruiting class who has not offered up a verbal commit as of yet. Despite his father playing basketball for the University of Southern California and his mother suiting up for Long Beach State, neither school are considered serious threats to land the prep star.
Super-recruit Nerlens Noel staying in Class of 2013
Those hoping to see Nerlens Noel on the college hardwood next year will have to wait a bit longer. The top shot-blocker in the Class of 2013 had an opportunity to be reclassified as a 2012 recruit; however, Noel indicated recently that he has no intention of doing so.
Harrison Sanford of FiveStarBasketball.com caught up with Noel following the HoopHall Classic and the 6-foot-10 phenom had this to say:
“It was a possibility but I’ve been coming to the decision that… I’ll be staying 2013. I’m just staying to get stronger. I think it’s going to be a good summer, a good school year. I tried to stay stress-free, just really focused on working hard academically, in the weight room and on the court and just leaving that recruiting stuff for when I got free time.”
Rated the top 2013 big man by most recruiting services, Noel, who stars at Tilton High School in New Hampshire, is currently being pursued by Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Pitt and Syracuse.
In the interview with Sanford, Noel indicated that his preference is to play for a program that employs an “up-tempo” style, although he left a little wiggle room by saying ” I think I can play in a good offense running system that gets their big men the ball, high and low.”
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