Top college basketball pick Shabazz Muhammad chooses UCLA
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- After a disappointing season filled with turmoil both on and off the court, the UCLA men's basketball team received a huge lift Wednesday in the form of 6-foot-6 shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad. Muhammad, a high school senior, committed to the Bruins earlier Wednesday live on ESPNU in Ben Howland's biggest recruiting victory since Kevin Love in 2007.
The Las Vegas-based guard is rated as the No. 1 overall college basketball prospect by Rivals.com and No. 2 by ESPN and Fox Sports only to center Nerlens Noel. Muhammad picked the Bruins over top programs including Kentucky, Duke, Kansas among others. Noel committed to Kentucky.
Muhammad will join several other highly touted recruits in Westwood, including 6-foot-8 point guard Kyle Anderson out of New Jersey and shooting guard Jordan Adams out of Atlanta, GA. Anderson is rated as the No. 5 recruit in the ESPNU Top 100 while Adams checks in at No. 41 overall.
Howland and UCLA still have one more potential signee in Georgia center Tony Parker, who is ranked as the No. 26 overall prospect by ESPNU. Parker is expected to decide between UCLA, Duke, Ohio St., Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown and Georgia later this week.
ucla bruins, basketball
- Delivery man fatally shot in South Los Angeles
- Bus crash: Driver remembered as a 'hero'
- Westlake High coach accused of sex with teen
- SKorea ferry accident: 10 more bodies pulled
- 2 boys molested at different South Bay parks
- Orange County carport collapses; no one hurt
- East Hollywood fire: Garage heavily damaged
- Del Taco customers charged thousands for meal
- Free admission offered to all national parks
- abcnews: Eclectic early summer festivals
- 13th body pulled following Everest avalanche
- Documents detail another delayed GM recall
- Mickey Rooney buried at Hollywood Forever
- OTRC: Miley Cyrus postpones whole tour