Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Basketball: USC to visit Muhammad again
By Pedro Moura
For the second time in a month, USC will visit the Las Vegas home of 2012 No. 1 recruit Shabazz Muhammad, a source close to the program said.
USC head coach Kevin O'Neill and associate head coach Bob Cantu will make the visit with Muhammad and family late Tuesday, the second-to-last day of the NCAA-allowed contact period, which began on Sept. 9. O'Neill and Cantu also visited with Muhammad and his family on the first day of the period.
Muhammad is the son of former USC forward Ron Holmes, who some say is the driving force behind Muhammad's interest in the Trojans. But his interest appears to be growing in recent weeks, with a surprise visit in August to the USC campus and then the Trojans' in-home visit with him last month.
The 6-6, 215-pound Muhammad is the No. 1 overall player in the ESPNU 100. He's defensively adept and well-built for a 17-year-old, capable of dominating most high-schoolers and many AAU opponents with a polished left-handed mid-range game. He's considered a likely bet to start right away as a freshman, whether he chooses USC or any of the other schools he's considering, including Kentucky, UCLA, UNLV, Duke or Kansas.
Muhammad still plans to visit USC the weekend of Oct. 28, which would fall on the same weekend as the USC-Stanford football game. His other known scheduled visit is at Kentucky on Oct. 14 for the Wildcats' Big Blue Madness practice-kickoff event.
The Trojans have two players committed in the Class of 2012: Phoenix guard Larry Lewis, a 6-3 slasher who verbally committed to USC in March 2010, and 6-8 Strahinja Gavrilovic, a Serbian forward spending his senior season at La Jolla Prep near San Diego.