Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Sunday, April 21, 2013 | 8:50 p.m.
From the outside looking in, the San Jose State basketball program might not look that attractive.
While the Spartans struggled last season in winning just nine games, Bishop Gorman High senior guard Rashad Muhammad knows better days will be ahead. He hopes to be one of the reasons why.
Muhammad verbally committed to San Jose State Sunday after a weekend visit, picking them over offers from Utah State and Wyoming.
New San Jose State coach Dave Wojcik, who was previously an assistant at Boise State, is rebuilding the program from the ground level. New locker rooms are expected in 2014 and the university has promised to increase the program’s operating budget, which are two necessities with San Jose State starting play next season in the Mountain West Conference.
And, most important for Muhammad, Wojcik is overhauling the roster, with about six from last year returning. The 6-foot-5 Muhammad, who was recruited as a shooting guard, will get a chance to contribute almost immediate.
It was too good of an opportunity to pass on.
“I just loved everything,” he said of the visit. “From the weather to the campus and Wojcik’s vision for the program. He has a real good vision. He’s going to build something there.”
Muhammad averaged 19 points per game last season in helping Gorman wins its second straight state championship, finishing strong with more than 23 points in the Gaels’ initial four playoff games, including 29 in the state semifinals against Hug High.
He also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a senior.
He also visited Wyoming two weeks ago. “It was a real tough decision,” he said. “They are both great spots and in the Mountain West Conference.”
He’s the younger brother of Shabazz Muhammad, a 2012 Gorman graduate who last week declared for the NBA Draft after one season at UCLA.