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Bump in ESPN rankings makes Shabazz Muhammad unanimous top prospect in 2012

6-foot-6 wing has one event left on summer schedule, recently finished visits to USC and UCLA


Sam Morris

Dream Vision’s Shabazz Muhammad is surrounded by media after playing the Atlanta Celtics Friday, July 22, 2011 during the adidas Super 64 tournament.

Now, it's as official as it will get: Bishop Gorman's Shabazz Muhammad is the nation's unanimous top overall hoops prospect in the 2012 senior class.

ESPN released its updated 2012 player rankings on Wednesday morning, bumping the 6-foot-6 wing from No. 3 to the top spot. This comes roughly a month after Rivals.com did the same, and Muhammad also owns the No. 1 tag in Scout.com's rankings. Whether you buy into the rankings or not, it's a notable achievement for Muhammad.

"Once Shabazz Muhammad's high school season ended, the wing went to work," ESPN.com senior recruiting analyst Dave Telep wrote. "He took up with a strength coach, committed himself to fitness and obsessed about working out. Through the spring, Muhammad stated his case step by step for the top spot through a series of outings that verified all the chatter and bumped him from No. 3 to No. 1."

The lone event left on Muhammad's summer schedule is the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event in Venice Beach, Calif., during the last weekend in August.

As for his recruitment, the latest developments include visits this week to Southern Cal — the alma mater of his father, Ron Holmes — and UCLA. He has yet to trim down his official 'list' of potential suitors, but likely will do so before his senior season starts. That list will likely also include UNLV, Duke, Kentucky and Texas A&M.

The move up to ESPN's top spot doesn't come as much of a shock, but it only helps solidify Muhammad's status as the biggest basketball recruit the city of Las Vegas has ever produced.

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  1. Congratulations Big Guy.

  2. Best Wishes to Shabazz, wherever he lands!

  3. Wow.... he can put a ball in a hole...that's incredible. What a contribution to society. Why, we truly do not spend enough time lauding such skills. And what a skill we need as a community. The thought of not having someone so skilled at putting a ball in a hole is beyond comprehension. Boy, am I jealous of ShamWazz.

    Yes. I am jealous, you got me on that. I lead such a lonely, non ball-in-a-hole skill possessing life.

    I must pray for enlightenment, so that I too can appreciate the ball-in-the-hole skill that so rarely comes along. It's like Haley's comet, isn't it...we so rarely witness such displays of natural gifts in our midst.

    I know. I am just jealous.

  4. Dear Shabazz,

    The team is lining up some terrific talent and is employing the Runnin' system of the National Championship Tark/Rice/Augmon era. The lights are dimming. The fireworks are in place. You can feel the electricity in the air as we are ready to ERUPT. When Shabazz comes Runnin' out, we're going to blow the lid off of the T&M for you!

    Runnin' Rebel Fans

  5. Anyone who has seen the hard work this young man puts in already realizes he can be an all- time great. He has earned the right to be considered the top recruit in the nation. Keep working on your game and good luck in the future.

  6. @rebelgrad95

    Freakin awesome!

  7. Shabazz,

    Congratulations on the #1 ranking. You've already put Vegas on the map and I hope you become a Runnin Dunkin Rebel!!!

  8. Word on the street is Reinhardt just committed. Bazz would be great if he'd join as well! Congrats on the unanimous #1.

  9. Shabazz, Rosco Allen, and Anthony Bennett would round out this recruiting class nicely!! Make it happen Dave!! (trying to keep a lid on excitement building...something HUGE is brewing for the Rebel Nation!)