The 2012 McDonald’s All-American game is filled with the best high school talent in the nation. Among them is one shining star that will have far more attention paid to him, and that is Shabazz Muhammad.
As we all prepare to watch the Final Four and a possible Kentucky championship, we consider one young man that may very well be featured at the Big Dance next year.
It’s surprising that we have enough time to appreciate the here and now because we are always on the look out for the next big thing. There is no player bigger or badder than Shabazz Muhammad, who is the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation. That, of course, means every last reporter and coach at the game will be filled with anticipation of where this young man will go.
That is precisely what makes the McDonald’s All-American Game so fantastic. The future stars of the sport are put on display, leaving us to wonder who the next Anthony Davis might be.
There is no better player to have us begin and end on this question than Muhammad. The 6’6″ small forward can dominate the wing and enjoyed high school glory, as his Bishop Gorman High School won the Class 4A state championship.
His winning ways and the fact that he averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds in 2011-12 means that he will be the most highly coveted young man at the famed prospect exhibition.
Inquiring minds want to know, and the fact that Muhammad has yet to declare where he will take his talents makes him a superstar this week.
So far, Muhammad has limited his choices to matriculate to UCLA, UNLV, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and USC. Any one of those colleges would be instant contenders with a player like Muhammad on the roster. He is a game-changing player who would invigorate a program.
Which brings me to the intriguing fact that Kentucky is also on the list. John Calipari has his eyes on yet another No. 1 draft class and a player that may in fact solidify another deep NCAA tournament run.
We are all waiting for the Final Four, but we could very well be looking at the next star of March Madness in Shabazz Muhammad.