Shabazz Muhammad Considering UCLA?
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero has committed to (UCLA coach Ben) Howland for next season, though the decision may have essentially amounted to a vote of confidence in (Shabazz) Muhammad’s potential to revive the program as the centerpiece of a cast of talented freshmen.
The 6-foot-5 swingman from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas is widely considered either the best or second-best prep senior in the country, a rare talent whose imprint could transcend what is likely to be his one and only college season. Muhammad combines the gritty, workmanlike demeanor of Howland’s early Bruins recruits with a skill set that would make some NBA players envious.Worried Bruins fans have already attached the savior label to Muhammad on message boards, pressure that would make many recruits uneasy. Muhammad seems to embrace it.
“I would love to take on that challenge knowing that they had a really down year this year and just knowing how much responsibility I would have to take to help get more wins for the team and try to win a national championship,” Muhammad said. “It’s no pressure at all.”