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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 7:49 pm  |  36 responses

Shabazz Muhammad Commits to UCLA

The drama surrounding all the rumors and speculation behind where the top player in the class of 2012 would land came to an end on Wednesday night when Shabazz Muhammad announced live on ESPNU that he will be taking to his talents to UCLA in the fall. The 6-6  wing chose the Bruins over Kentucky and Duke. He averaged 30.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a senior at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., leading his team to a 28-4 record and the Class 4A state championship. Muhammad will now team up at UCLA with highly touted 2012 recruits Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams. Look out for the Bruins next season. Congrats and best wishes to SLAM’s 2011-2012 HS Diarist!

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  • UNFORGETTABLE

    “Bruins over UCLA”..? Congratulations anyway.

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    Kyle and Bazz? Oh nah

  • dma

    this is good news for pac12 sports.

  • abaci

    Good luck with that joke of a head coach.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca niQ

    Interestinggg…

  • Heals

    ^^^Exactly what I was thinking so I’ll add a chin rub…

  • T-Money

    mmm… ucla doesn’t really develop the talent they have. their guys kinda blossom once they hit the league.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Should have went to Duke or win a title with Kentucky next year. This dude has to be dumb to go to UCLA with that coach and returning team.

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  • T-Money

    i’m reading that adidas played a big role in him going to ucla over uk. he’s had a relationship with the brand for a while.

  • Aamir K.

    @ The Seed exactly what I was thinking, but like T-Money said, adidas played a big part in him going there, but UK is still good, even w/ Anthony Davis probably leaving, and Duke has a nice recruiting class coming in, so I’m not sure why he picked UCLA

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    cali is active

  • Swizzy

    Obviously you folks don’t watch much basketball cuz the incoming recruits plus returners like Norman Powell, Tyler Lb and the Wear Twins creates a VERY talented and balanced roster for the Bruins

  • jpm34

    Damn, he shoulda came out here to Lawrence. We rocking Adidas too and we got a more stable program.

  • Bobitto

    I’m actually glad he chose to go here. Being a Cuse fan, this sort of evens the playing field for my squad more than had he gone to duke or UK. Plus I’m glad to see players like him and Cody Zeller looking to help rebuild fallen programs. Seeing 3 or 4 of the top 50 players go to a traditional powerhouse for a year or 2 is becoming cliched imo. Pave your own way.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Ain’t see that coming..

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Isn’t UCLA on sanctions still?

  • Daniel

    @RED UCLA is not USC dummy. USC is the one on sanctions stupid.

  • cbb_fanatic

    SMH. I don’t know the REAL reason for his decision, but I’m kind of disappointed that UK won’t get to see him team up with Nerlen, Wiltjer, and Teague for UK to get another run at the chip. If he would have chosen Duke…..I don’t really know WHAT I would have thought of him. LOL. NOTHING, and I mean, NOTHING about him screams DUKE. But with the other top recruits joining him and the returnees, this should be interesting.

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    As long as Duke didn’t get Shabazz I’m happy…Coach K is so two-faced because 10 years ago he would never draft a player with the name Shabazz Muhammad; it’s not Caucasian sounding enough…Kentucky’s arena’s named after that racist Adolph Rupp so I’m glad he didn’t go their either…Can’t front, Coach Cal does do a great job producing NBA 1st round talent though. Good luck in L.A. Muhammad!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • YeP

    Yes! Lets make UCLA respectable again.

  • Daniel

    Kentucky thinks that every top prospect is supposed to go to there. Yeah you guys won a championship this year but it will probably be vacated because Anthony Davis or MKG probably were paid under the table when they went there. Calipari is scum and a douce…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    kind of close to home

  • Ali

    Big signee! UCLA has looked ugly since coming off that 05-06 Championship game, and back to back Final Fours in 06-07 and 07-08. Bottom line, he’s a West Coast cat, going to UCLA gives guys nation-wide exposure, not to mention some BIG TIME NBA picks came off those UCLA teams, Collison, Love, Mbaha Moute, Farmar, Affalo, Westbrook…Hopefully Howland can pull all these young guns together Lamb, the Wear twins, Jones, Smith and Larry Drew II to make a championship run.

  • Duke Fan

    @ DANIEL you are a bully!

  • jay

    nice to see him staying on the West Coast. and really. Where would you rather hang out for a year while you wait to go pro? Los Angeles, NC, or KY? LOL

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Ok thanks, did you think by knowing that piece of info you were intellectually superior? Good job kiddo but yourself a treat.

  • madterps

    UCLA is a joke and so is the PAC10. Why not play for Kentucky, UNC or at least a team from that conference?

  • T-Money

    but seriously though, if ben howland plays that same boring, grinding game with bazz and kyle anderson – he deserves the boot.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    buy*

  • @boweezy24

    Haha Yeah, The Weather Influenced His Decision. or Suhm?

  • jay

    He won’t be staying for even 2 years let alone 4 so let the kid enjoy his locale. Plus Coach K is a p.rick

  • Zack

    Big fish little pond. He’ll only be there a year anyway. Might as well enjoy the scenery.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    UCLA is not small. Ben Howland is not a bad coach. And let’s see, he is from Las Vegas. I’m guessing he wanted to stay closer to home. Good for him.

  • Jerome

    Respect. He wants to be the man. Unlike some of his predecessors, he wants al the pressure to be on him.
    p.s. !!WRITERS!! – PLEASE STOP USING THE TERM, “taking to his talents to” – PLEASE!

  • JB

    UCLA has been down for a couple of seasons, but let’s not forget that UCLA produces some good pro’s and they have 11 basketball national championships. UCLA is also is a top notch school. Shabazz is also closer to home. He made the right decision for himself and not for anyone else.

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