Nerlens Noel may be the big prize of this college basketball recruiting season, but there's another big high school star making a decision tonight -- notable Nevadan Shabazz Muhammad is headed to UCLA, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The 6-foot-6 swingman from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas has selected the Bruins' program over national heavyweights like Kentucky and Duke, despite the team's struggles in recent years. After three straight Final Four appearances under Ben Howland last decade, the team has failed to make the Sweet Sixteen since 2008. Last year's team finished sixth in the Pac-12.
"I just think it’s a challenge, knowing how bad they were these last two years, and it’s a challenge to really get them back up to the top, knowing they’re the leaders in championships with 11," Muhammad said. "And with Kyle Anderson as a great addition to that program, and Jordan Adams, and hopefully if Tony Parker will come, then there’s a lot of bits and pieces to that team that could make it a really great team." Muhammad averaged 29.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season, leading his high school team to its third state title in four years.