Shabazz Muhammad: UCLA Is Likely Landing Spot for High School Stud

Mick AkersAnalyst IApril 11, 2012

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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In a move that might have seen unlikely as far back as when Las Vegas High School standout Shabazz Muhammad was in middle school, the most likely landing spot for the future NBA player as his 7:30 p.m. EST national signing day announcement is looking like UCLA.

As reported in an Los Angeles Times article last July, Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, cut a hole in Shabazz's throwback UCLA jersey shortly after he received it as a gift from his mother. Holmes committed such an act due to the fact that he played his college ball at rival USC.

Now fast forward and the school that Shabazz is widely being rumored to be heading to UCLA, but this time his dad should have no problem seeing a UCLA jersey hanging up in Muhammad's closet.

Evan Daniels, a national basketball recruiting analyst for Scout and Fox Sports tweeted:

Evan Daniels @EvanDanielscout

I'm going with UCLA for Shabazz Muhammad. In fact, if he picked another school, I'd be fairly shocked.

I think two big factors in Shabazz's decision to head to Westwood would be that another top-five recruit and friend of Muhammad's, Kyle Anderson, has long been committed to the Bruins program, in addition to the close proximity of UCLA to Muhammad's hometown of Las Vegas.

Muhammad is officially down to three schools—UCLA, Duke and Kentucky—but Kentucky and Duke are seemingly long shots to land the top-rated basketball recruit of the 2012 class.

So expect to see Muhammad making a huge impact on the Bruins next season, as he will be a huge piece in getting the storied program back to an elite level and help save coach Ben Howland's job at UCLA in the process.