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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Shabazz Muhammad began his scoring barrage against No. 5 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) with a dunk just moments after the opening tip. He put the game away in the same manner with a ferocious fourth-quarter jam. In between, the Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) forward was equally brilliant, torching the Stags for 37 points and six boards in a 73-65 upset at the Spalding Hoophall Classic on Monday.

Shabazz Muhammad
J. Anthony Roberts/ESPNHSShabazz Muhammad is still considering Kentucky, UNLV, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and USC.
“We were playing Superman, and I guess we didn’t have enough kryptonite,” said DeMatha head coach Mike Jones.

A slew of high-profile college coaches, including front-row spectators Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipari, witnessed Muhammad go to work. The nation's No. 1 senior recruit scored in a variety of ways and electrified Blake Arena with a series of dunks. Senior forward Rosco Allen did his part, chipping in 18 points and nine boards as the 24th-ranked Gaels (13-3) avenged last year’s loss to DeMatha by scoring a victory that will surely shake up the POWERADE FAB 50.

“I definitely wanted to make an impact, because I knew they would devote a lot of attention to Shabazz,” said Allen, a Stanford signee. “We lost to them last year at Les Schwab, so it’s sweet winning this little rematch.”

Gorman’s length was evident on defense, as the Gaels forced several turnovers early and stormed to a 12-2 advantage in the first quarter. Muhammad’s 19 first-half points paced the squad to a 33-25 edge at the intermission.

“We talked about making them make tough shots,“ said Gorman coach Grant Rice. “We made it tough on them all night. I think we’re as deep and long as anyone in the country. I think that’s always going to cause some problems.”

DeMatha chipped away at the lead in the third quarter behind senior Marcellous Bell (12 points, 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range) and junior Jairus Lyles (team-high 17 points). The Stags pulled within two early in the fourth, but Muhammad eventually put the game away with a scintillating windmill flush just feet from Coach K.

For DeMatha (15-1), the loss was the team's first of the season and its second straight on national television at Hoophall after losing to St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) last year. Again, a slow start forced the Stags to play catch-up the rest of the way, while foul trouble limited frontcourt standouts junior BeeJay Anya and senior Jerami Grant to a combined 16 points.

“Every time we scored we thought we were going to get over the hump,” Jones said. “I like the way our team kept fighting, kept fighting. But it wasn’t enough.”

Not with Muhammad on the prowl. It was a signature game for one of the nation's most popular players, who is deciding between Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, USC, UCLA and UNLV. But it was more than just a one-man show.

“When we needed a big bucket," Rice said, "the guys came through.”

David Auguste covers high school sports for ESPNHS. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Seeking last place for No. 1

October, 6, 2011
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Shabazz Muhammad will admit this much, that when he got to school Wednesday morning he wondered what schools would show up on the last day of the NCAA’s contact period.

After all, college coaches had been coming to Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) in droves since the period began on September 9 vying to make lasting impressions on the top-ranked player in the ESPNU 100.

But while nearly every major college coach in the country is dying to be first on Muhammad’s wish list, the coveted slot during the contact period is the last one.

“It makes sense,” said Muhammad, a senior small forward. “I definitely think coaches want to come on the last day on purpose so we’ll keep thinking about their school.”

This year’s last word winners?

Kentucky coach John Calipari and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“There were definitely a couple students hanging around after school that don’t normally stay after,” Muhammad said. “They’re two of the best coaches and programs so it was good to see them again.”

Calipari and his assistant Orlando Antigua were on the scene first and focused on how Muhammad could flourish in Kentucky’s dribble-drive offense with his athleticism and skill set.

“I liked what Coach Cal had to say,” said Muhammad, who will see Calipari in a week when he attends Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness season kickoff event. “They talked a lot about how they could use me there. It was perfect timing because when Coach Cal was leaving, Coach K was coming.”

Krzyzewski along with associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski and assistant Jeff Capel talked more about branding and exposure.

“They talked about the experience as a whole,” Muhammad said. “Just how it could benefit me to come there. It was a really good talk. They both really showed me how much they wanted me.”

Especially since Muhammad wasn’t even running basketball drills; he was just, well, running.

“Yeah the team was outside doing conditioning drills on the track,” Muhammad said. “Nothing too interesting, but they just stood there and watched me run. Like I said it showed me a lot."

Just not enough to pull the trigger on a commitment. Muhammad is considering “eight or nine” schools total and will likely go the distance with his recruitment.

“I’m just taking my time and hearing everything everyone has to say,” Muhammad said. “I’m gonna wait until the spring more than likely. I had a lot of visitors during this contact period, but yeah the last two schools that came to see me where Kentucky and Duke. That means something to me.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN

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