Shabazz Muhammad, one of the top recruits in the 2012 class, No. 2 in the nation according to the ESPN Top 100, has yet to decide his collegiate future. After stringing schools along such as UNLV, his hometown university, Shabazz had decided to make his decision on April 11.
We stand one day away from finding out his choice.
After weeding out some schools a few weeks ago at the McDonald's All-American basketball game, Muhammad was left with three choices between Kentucky, UCLA and Duke. Kentucky and Duke are better situations for basketball right now, as UCLA tries to return to its former glory. Muhammad could definitely help in that effort.
The Kentucky Wildcats have recently proven that Lexington is the place to play college basketball, with coach John Calipari and his uncanny ability to mesh the nation's top talent together to compete year after year. This past NCAA tournament proved that Calipari's system can win a National Championship.
The unfortunate part of joining Kentucky now is the lack of talent. Say goodbye to Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones and company as they exit to play with the big boys. Though Kentucky fans should not be discouraged, as Calipari has pieced together another deeply talented pool of recruits. Question is, Will Shabazz Muhammad be able to mesh with the coach and newly added recruits?
Austin Rivers has left Cameron Indoor Stadium, though Mason Plumlee will return for next season. Coach K is a superb coach and one of the best in all of college basketball. Shabazz Muhammad would play in the national spotlight all season, against top talent game in and game out. Is Duke the proper fit for Shabazz Muhammad? He would play with a star-studded offense that would shine around his talent, yet his three-point range wouldn't add to Duke's offense. It seems like Shabazz would be better for Duke than Duke for Shabazz.
UCLA comes off of an abysmal season in the lowly Pac-12 conference. Do not let that fool you, there is a lot of talent on the Bruins roster.
First and foremost the Wear twins will return and would complement Muhammad perfectly. Last season the twins fought injuries, but will return to action in full strength this season.
The Bruins have a strong coach in Ben Howland, despite the ups and downs in recent years. He has gone to the Final Four and National Championship game before. UCLA would not only be top in the Pac-12, but a top team in the country with the addition of Muhammad.
Calipari has been a busy bee piecing together another top-caliber team. With the addition of Shabazz Muhammad Kentcuky could possibly repeat as National Champions. It is highly likely Muhammad will go where the top coach and talent align, in Lexington. Why wouldn't he attend the University of Kentucky?