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Shabazz Muhammad: Ranking Which Teams Need McDonald's All American the Most

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28:  MVP Shabazz Muhammad #15 of the West team moves with the ball during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2012

Shabazz Muhammad is the top undecided recruit in college basketball right now, and wherever he ends up, he's going to thrive. 

Some of his options are better than others in terms of coaching, team history, tradition, and ability to win. 

However, it's easy to see which teams need him much more than the others. 

According to Dave Telep of ESPN, Muhammad's top three are (in no particular order) Duke, Kentucky and UCLA. On Wednesday, Rivals' Jerry Meyer tweeted where he's hearing Muhammad will play.

Hearing from a couple reliable sources that Shabazz Muhammad will end up at UCLA.

— Jerry Meyer (@3starmeyer) April 4, 2012


Nothing is official yet, but this is certainly something UCLA fans and staff will be thrilled about, if it is indeed true.  

With that said, here's how I rank which teams need Muhammad the most. 


3. Duke Blue Devils 

Don't get me wrong, Duke has a big need for the 6'6" small forward, but not as bad as the other schools. 

With Austin Rivers off to the NBA, the Blue Devils need a new prolific scorer, and Muhammad could easily be that guy. 

However, they have more experienced and top talent on the roster than the others heading into next season, which is the Blue Devils come in at No. 3. 


2. Kentucky Wildcats  

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Head coach John Calipari celebrates as he cuts down the net after the Wildcats defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Sup
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Having just won the title, one would think Kentucky would be in great shape for next year. However, the entire starting five from the championship team could be off to the NBA, which would leave John Calipari scrambling to fill the void. 

The Wildcats do have a strong forward committed to them already in Alex Poythress, but there's no denying that they could still use Muhammad's skills as well. 

Both he and Puythress could easily be on the court at the same time. With the chance that their whole roster leaves, Kentucky needs all the help they can get. 


1. UCLA Bruins 

While UCLA does have two talented small forwards already committed to play for them, there's no question they'd love to add Muhammad. 

He's going to be a star at the collegiate level, and the Bruins are in desperate need of someone to help put them back on the map. 

Pac-12 basketball was very lackluster this past season, but Muhammad will bring in a great deal of excitement. With their leading scorer Lazeric Jones graduating, the Bruins are in dire need of a dynamic player like Muhammad. 


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