Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 3:31 pm  |  14 responses

Shabazz Muhammad, Diary 3

Our Diary writer gets the first of many SportsCenter moments, and looks to follow up one huge win with another one.

January 20, 2012

by Shabazz Muhammad / @phenom15balla

So we just got back a couple days ago from the Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts. It was a good trip. We played DeMatha Catholic, who is a really good team, and we went out and played hard and got the big win that we needed. [Truth be told, Shabazz went for 37 in Gorman's 73-65 win over No. 3 DeMatha. —Ed.] It felt great.

That game was our first time this season having our full team healthy. We got our big guys back—Ronnie Stanley, who’s going to Notre Dame for football, and Ben Carter, who signed with Oregon. We had a couple of losses early on, but now that we’re 100 percent, I think we’re one of the best teams in the country. With those guys in, we’re such a bigger team, and I can get out and play the 2 and the 3 instead of playing the 4 and the 5.

Oh, and I got a dunk in that one that made SportsCenter’s top plays. It was the last play of the game, and I got a windmill on the break. I always do that dunk—that one and the 360 are my favorites—but it was cool to see it on SportsCenter.

There’s nothing new on recruiting. I’m still saying there’s six teams on my list, six strong schools I’m really considering. Some of the recruiting guys think I’ve got it down to one or two schools, but that just makes me laugh. They’re doing their job, and people get into reading about that, so it’s cool. But I’m like, how do they think they know? It’s not even close to the truth. The process has been hectic, but I’ll focus on college after the season. I’ll probably make my decision in April.

Right now I’m focused on the season. I’m just getting ready for this game on Saturday against Findlay Prep. They got us last year, so we’re just trying to get a big win. Then we can celebrate.

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  • bike

    What kind of name is Shabazz?

  • http://www.aol.com wagers

    It’s Islamic buddy, ignorant…

  • Jeremy

    Not really ignorant, wikipedia WAS blacked out yesterday. Plus when wondering the origins of names, most people tend to think geographic origins rather than religious ones.

  • The IQ

    Nope Jeremy, it was just ignorant. Somethings are not as “deep” as they seem.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Shabazz is a pretty well-known (American) Muslim name. Not a typical name you would find in Arabic. I can’t remember the specific root but Malcolm X popularized it… Wikipedia here I come.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also a kickass name.

  • http://www.nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Bike, this is the second time I see you being way too concerned with the kids’ name.
    What difference does it make?
    It stems from the Nation of Islam and their belief in he Tribe of Shabazz.
    As I told you before, Bike, it is a very honorable name, especially in the black Muslim community.
    Again, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz is the most famous Shabazz. Look him up.
    And so the f*ck what if Wikipedia blacked itself out?
    I’ve known this sh*t since I was 14 and first read The Autobiography of Malcolm X with Alex Haley.
    Crack open a book sometime.

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Y’all out here talking about dude’s name on diary 3 smh.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    It’s weird when a high school post on this is site is this ridiculous and does NOT involve college hoop fanatics begging a 17-year-old to come play for them.

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

    co-sign enig, read a book (or several). If u rely on wikipedia for your your information you might come across a lot of stuff that is not accurate.

  • http://www.nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    My bad, Ryan.
    Shabazz, come to DePaul!!!!
    Ok, I thought it was a long shot as well.

  • Brock Hopkins

    I really like the name Shabbazz

  • Gaels fan

    Hope he takes a look at the WCC. He would be fun to watch!

  • http://CommercialVoiceArtist.com Patrick Quinn

    You art the straw that stirs the drink….U of Ky is tailor made for you’re talents…..make the right choice…the rest will fall into place…Best Of Luck…P