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A Voice Says Shabazz to UCLA

The Shabazz world keeps on turning, this time from a voice of another 2012 recruit’s father. Kyle Anderson’s father says he thinks Shabazz Muhammad will go to UCLA. Why do you care what Kyle Anderson’s father says? Well Anderson’s son is committed to go to UCLA (he is a baller…maybe my favorite non-UK recruit in the class) and his son and Shabazz are good friends. Is his word definitive as to Shabazz’s likely destination? No. But it is yet another piece of relatively good news for the Bruins in the recruitment of the #2 player in the 2012 class.

Article written by Matt Jones

57 Comments for A Voice Says Shabazz to UCLA



  1. Calm Down
    7:53 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Everything will be okay, I promise.



  2. Calm Down
    7:53 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    and 1st-2nd



  3. Ktucky084
    7:55 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    We have known this for awhile now. Let’s worry about Nerlens



  4. SkyAntoine
    7:58 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Jai Lucas thought Patrick Patterson was coming to Florida. Just saying’.



  5. Han
    7:59 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why does anyone want to go to that mess of a program with a coach who is one more problem away from being an ESPN analyst?



  6. fishersblue
    7:59 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Will he even be eligible to play?



  7. bcat
    8:01 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    The choice is pretty clear. You either want to come to a program in the national spotlight with a coach who’s going to encourage you to be great or go to a program in the shadows where you are free to do anything your immature mind can dream while your coach allows you to waste away in mediocrity.



  8. Eli
    8:03 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, because players are really clamoring to go to a program that’s in ruins that even its coach has given up on.

    If this guy was a decent father he wouldn’t be letting his child go to this run down ghetto they call a university.



  9. capt. price
    8:04 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    7) And unfortunately most people, statistically speaking, choose to waste away in mediocrity.



  10. Conspiracy Nut
    8:05 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Drama, drama, drama! It doesn’t matter if he pick UCLA people. It WILL matter if he picks UK. My point is that he’s and impact player. But, if he’s playing at a school that can’t get their act together what does it matter. Does anyone see him being a threat come tournament time next year if he plays at UCLA? No? I don’t think so either.

    So stop worrying about it. Cal will make it work with or without him. Go Cats! Number 8 inbound this year.



  11. Laker Cat 18
    8:06 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Heck, this kid could commit to them and still end up at Kentucky. Ask Terrence.



  12. honest info
    8:07 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    he is going to ucla. and im serious. we are getting bennett. take this to the bank



  13. IU blows
    8:07 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    #4 I think Terrance Ross thought Jones was going to Washington also.Any who Even if he does Cal will just get someone else.Cal has Kentucky back to were the program is bigger then any one person.



  14. kukblue1
    8:08 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    How many teams are still left in the Mountain and Pacific times zones? ZERO Go to UCLA and be forgotten. I don’t think so.



  15. Orcat
    8:10 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Perhaps Howland wasn’t fired because of the Monster recruiting class they think he’s gonna pull in



  16. Tdr76
    8:10 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Wishful thinking, we been here before, remember Jones announcement to go to Portland?



  17. average fan
    8:12 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Matt – from reading your recent posts on Muhammad I believe you know more then you let on. Your underlying message is consistent…Muhammad to UCLA. I hope not.



  18. mwgocats
    8:14 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    If Gilchrist stays he’s not coming.



  19. IU blows
    8:14 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    easy now.Cal can’t get them all even though it looks that way.UCLA is probably one of the only teams close to us historically.It’s not like the other choice is Typo Tech.We should no ourselves just because SI writes a story means it’s all true and not overblown.I just don’t want any bad karma.



  20. Conference Call
    8:15 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully we land Noel and another if Shabazz chooses to not be on tv and exit the tourney in the round of 32 next year. Howland should’ve been fired this year, but UCLA didn’t want him to miss out on a chance to underachieve with another All Star class of talent.



  21. Gather Ye Rosebuds
    8:15 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Devonta Pollard would be a great get for the Cats if he is a target still. Check out his “diary” on you-tube. It was a 3-part series done by the local TV news team in his home town. A great kid and a real versatile talent. Not saying Shabazz isn’t as well, but Pollard would be a great fit IMHO…



  22. xXx_WOLFGANG_xXx
    8:16 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hell, even T. Jones himself, thought he was going Washington. : P



  23. TN BBN
    8:16 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    I agree…wait till till the kid tells us where he is going. This kid wants to be a part of BBN. BTW the link needs to be corrected. Unless it is for motivation, it has to go!



  24. Drunken Midnight Golf
    8:17 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    I am thinking Pollard might be the better choice here because of the issues Shabazz has.



  25. Blueworldorder
    8:17 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Is this the script to blue chips?



  26. IU blows
    8:17 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    #18 Hope your right about MKG,but I’d put my money on him leaving.In the end it will be to much money to turn down.especially after we get #8



  27. Herp Derp
    8:22 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Me personally, I don’t want him. As soon as I heard about these reports coming out, I immediately said no. We have too much of a good thing to ruin it at UK and for Shabazz to come in with baggage on him is no bueno. Let him go to UCLA and waste away. Not seeing a crime there. It’s his decision, not ours. I want that flat top feller anyway. But for now let’s worry about getting #8.



  28. Janet Jackson's Boob
    8:26 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Does the link in this post take anyone else to a pic of the IU game-winner? Did Jones get Punk’d?



  29. Computer Blue
    8:26 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Unfortunately with the scrutiny we face and the eligibility concerns he already has, I think we are better to pass on him anyway. Here’s hoping we land Nerlens.



  30. Laker Cat 18
    8:28 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    For the first time anywhere I am revealing what the “18” means in my posting name: You guessed it; it is my IQ…



  31. Your Comment is Awaiting Moderation
    8:31 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    This not the University of Shabazz Muhammad.



  32. blitzedanddazed
    8:32 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    MKG will leave, Noel will be a Cat and we will all find out if Shabazz has the ability to make a good decision.



  33. BBN
    8:32 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    It became obvious that he would sign with UCLA after that very embarrassing Yahoo! Sports article was published. Shabazz’s father publicly made excuses for Ben Howland and rationalized /justified some of his behavior. For me, the writing was on the wall at that point.



  34. BBN
    8:35 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    If Cal loses everyone but Kyle Wiltjer to the NBA draft and loses out on Muhammed & Noel, the Knicks job will start to look much more attractive.



  35. Issel's two front teeth
    8:35 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens, Devonta, and Tony B.,added to what we already have! I’ll take that!



  36. gcat4496
    8:37 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    If he is going to commit to UCLA, I don’t understand why he is waiting for April 10th. UCLA obviously has no players leaving early. I would say let it play it self out. Gilchrist might come back, maybe he is waiting on Gilchrist decision, maybe we get Pollard. As long as Calipari is here, we will always have great players at UK. Maybe we will not get the super studs that are ready for the NBA out of high school, but Cal is not going to get 5 of those every year.



  37. gcat4496
    8:40 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    #34. Knicks job might look attractive, but he would have a major talent deficiency there and would lose and be fired within a few years. If he goes NBA, he had better wait for Miami or Chicago. Phil Jackson is no dummy. He only coached great teams in the NBA. Great college coaches that tried to rebuild NBA teams get fired about 100% of the time.



  38. Jay bunch
    8:41 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    I only listen to Lyle McQuinn in these matters as he is the only one who truly knows all the true behind the scenes goings-on.



  39. UKBlue
    8:43 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    This really can’t be shocking news, he was never coming to UK, he’s a west coast kid.



  40. Richard
    8:47 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones is a closter IU fan! Click the link in the story guys!



  41. Kentucky23UK
    8:48 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – thank you….Shabazz is not coming here and most have known this for over 6 months. I wish he would just sign with UCLA, so some of you dreamers would just face the facts.



  42. HeadBussa
    8:50 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    If he goes to UCLA then he is clearly an idiot.



  43. Mudcreekmark
    8:55 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why would Coach Cal want to try the NBA again? I’m sure he is having the time of his life right now. He is a true Kentucky hero, loved by millions. When he was coaching in New Jersey, it had to be one of the worse times of his life. In college, he can go out and recruit the players he wants. In the pros, he has to take the players they have and the players the GM decides he needs. Its a totally different animal.



  44. UK Swiss
    9:02 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    I think everyone here is right.



  45. UKHoopshysteria
    9:13 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Let UCLA have him. In terms of building a program after this yr’s high turnover rate to the NBA we might be better served with Pollard, Noel, and Bennett. That with what we already have coming and Wiltjer, Harrow, and hopefully one of either MKG or Lamb. I’d be ecstatic.
    Like others have said any chance of sanctions or baggage keep away. UK is big and better than any one single player. Besides 2013 will be a HUGE recruiting class!!!



  46. Shelbyjoe
    9:18 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    If mkg wants to return, let him.. Then u don’t need shabazz. Mkg, noel, poythress, goodwin, wiltjer, harrow, mayne teague, cauley, and harrow can do some damage imo



  47. The Crew
    9:19 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    My brother’s cousin’s father’s son just told me Shabazz will be playing for Ohio State. He also said the alien invasion will start Saturday and I for one believe him.



  48. Joe
    9:28 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    If he wants to go to UCLA he would commit now. He is waiting to see who leaves UK. He is a smart man!



  49. jacocat
    9:45 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is not going anyplace else till he gets 2 championships. He will be ahead of 3 stacks and willnever be caught.hehe



  50. UK Homer
    9:55 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    I thought UNLV and UK were the front-runners? Did I miss something? Thought UCLA was down the list…



  51. Cking98
    10:16 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    I have benn saying this for a while. Bazz is going to Ucla. Tony Parker and Kyle Anderson are going with him. Is it the right choice? Who’s to say.

    The only way he doesn’t go to UCLA is if he or his father has an awkward moment with Howland on his official.

    I think it’s funny that no one, and I mean no one is talking about Bennett. I think it was very coincidental that the night Noel cal was on a jet to Las Vegas. Not to just see Bazz, but to make a push to both him and more importantly Bennett.

    Pollard and Bennett have both had the quietest top 10 player late recruitments that I have witnessed.
    It might be grades. Who knows.

    I also find it odd that cal was just in Nerlens living room a few hours ago. Making a big push, on the day Anthony Davis wins another POY award. KSR is not blowing this up??? In a week During a pre sweet sixteen matchup no less.

    Bazz is the fudge, Bennett is the ice cream, and nerlens is the cherry on top. Benett and Noel are MUST GETS. In cal I trust. SEE YA LATER BAZZ GOOD LUCK.



  52. Rixter
    10:20 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    # 7, that was perfectly stated



  53. Rixter
    10:25 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    There are a lot of kids who head to college sure that they are one and done players.
    Those who want to work hard and improve go to the UKs and the UNCs. Those that want to coast for a year, then turn pro head someplace like UCLA. Some of them will still be drafted high, but many will flame out early in the League because they just don’t have the work ethic to make it…in anything in life.



  54. UK
    11:44 pm March 19, 2012 Permalink

    He’s deciding on April 9th or 10th, a week after the Final Four and National Championship. With a decision coming that soon after the NC you would assume he wants to see who is staying at Kentucky and who is leaving. Also, if he wants to commit two days after his final visit, that tells me he already has decided on a school (whether it’s UK or not) and wants to take his final visit to make absolutely sure. But don’t worry, IN CAL WE TRUST.



  55. Anthony Bennett
    1:37 am March 20, 2012 Permalink

    show me some love KSR



  56. the Big Dog
    12:38 pm March 20, 2012 Permalink

    UCLA is a train wreck. Uf Shabazz goes there it would be the biggest mistake of his young life. UCLA games won’t even be seen by two-thirds of the country. What is the appeal? Better rave parties? Anderson knows what a mistake his son made and now wants company in his misery.



  57. Hank Jones
    5:41 pm March 20, 2012 Permalink

    Its funny for those bashing UCLA and Howland and pathetic for those calling Bazz an idiot should he choose to attend UCLA. First off, you realize you’re calling an 18 yr kid an idiot right? Secondly, While Howland may be on the hotseat, what he’s done shouldn’t be dismissed. Who was Westbrook before coming to UCLA? No one. Who did he become after playing under Howland for 2 years? A lottery pick and NBA All star. Howland’s style may not be the most attractive or flashy but guess what…NBA runs on the half court offense and on playing some sort of defense. Cal hasn’t truly developed any one as his players are ones who would have skipped college had they been able to. With the exception of Rose who has he produced? Next thing, Bashing UCLA itself? Really? Elite University, prime location, and oh yea…Summer pick up games with the likes of Durant, Melo, Westbrook, Kobe….whoever those guys are