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Fan willing to name child after Shabazz Muhammad if recruit signs with UNLV

Muhammad, the star forward from Bishop Gorman High, said he’s received that offer from one diehard Rebels fan


Leila Navidi

Shabazz Muhammad practices at Bishop Gorman High School Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

Here’s how dedicated UNLV basketball fans are in their courtship of top recruit Shabazz Muhammad: One is apparently willing to name his child after the Bishop Gorman High forward if he signs with the scarlet and gray.

Muhammad, being interviewed for television two weeks ago at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 all-star game in Venice Beach, Calif., talked about Rebels’ fans obsession in keeping the prized prospect in Las Vegas, including the namesake honor.

A video interview from the event was posted Monday by ESPN prep sports blogger Jason Jordan, with him writing, “If their spirited ploys to keep Muhammad home are any indication, UNLV fans may very well be giving the Rebels a slight advantage.”

Muhammad, who is the No. 1-ranked overall prospect for the class of 2012 by every recruiting service, spoke about how as many as 200 fans regularly show up at Gorman practices wearing UNLV jerseys with his No. 15. That pales in comparison, however, to naming your child “Shabazz.”

UNLV has three commitments for the class of 2012, recently receiving a verbal from Gorman power forward Demetris Morant.

The others are Baltimore point guard Daquan Cook and California combo guard Katin Reinhardt, who saw the Rebels’ fans obsession firsthand this summer during AAU tournaments in Las Vegas. The fans went to all of his games and were vocal in letting him know the benefits of playing for UNLV.

Here's the link to the video.

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  1. Dedicated is one word for a fan who will name their child after Shabazz. Another word is creepy. Please let the young man make HIS decision without the pressure of crazed fans. Enjoy his talents while he is here in town and wish him the best whenever he makes his decision on where he will attend college.

  2. At least the guy's heart is in the right place. Besides the extraordinary gesture, the gist is that Rebels fans would applaud Shabazz being Rebel far more than what he would receive from fans at UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, or anywhere else, regardless of how soon after he left for the NBA. www.RebelReign.com

  3. Homer, you are definitely showing us that you don't know much about collegiate sports if you think there is nothing special about UNLV basketball.

    And Arzent, no purpose in the advertising.

  4. The facts are, what anybody wants to name their kid is up to them. Whatever you think is all (inappropriate term) and elbows

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  6. Team SG1......You show ignorance every time you post: UNLV a slight step up from community college? Ignorant comment considering UNLV has won a National Championship and been to 4 Final Four's, 5 Elite Eight's, and 9 Sweet Sixteen's.

    Combine that with a 33-17 overall record in the NCAA Tournament and you look like a fool.

  7. Ryan, how did the Roscoe Allen visit go?

  8. Yes, yes....good question patticcus.

    Why does there have to be so much hate? Just let people have some fun. He wants to name his kid the same name as a basketball player, so what....Just let good people exercise free will without the fear of rebuke.

  9. It's good to see Ray Brewer is still writing quality articles. :D

  10. Like I tweeted earlier, it's too late for my first born, but how about my next pet?? Shabazz the Pitbull or something...