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How is Shabazz’s Weekend Going?


As Kentucky prepares to take on UT-Chattanooga this evening at 8pm (Live Blog around 7:45!), some high-profile recruits are busy playing in one of the nation’s toughest high school tournaments.  A tournament we’ve discussed several times over the years here at KSR, the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Florida is hosting Shabazz Muhammad and his star-studded high school squad.

As the final minute ticked down, Shabazz and Bishop Gorman found themselves down 2, 57-55, to Blanche Ely.  Of course, everyone thought ‘Bazz would be the  man with the ball in his hands.  And he was…until the opponent tripled team him and forced a pass.  Mere seconds later, crisp ball movement led to the unassuming Bishop Gorman point guard, Noah Robotham, drilling the game-winning three ball with 14 seconds on the clock.

It’s quite odd that a team with as much talent as Bishop Gorman was in such a tight match with a Florida high school that shares a name with a promiscuous ‘Golden Girl’, but just as the IU-UK game showed, sometimes a team that is vastly superior can falter. The truth is, this Blanche team is the best team in Florida.  But if you look at the talent on Gorman’s team, they should never lose a game.  Fortunately for Shabazz, a teammate made a huge play and they were able to scoop up the victory and continue on in this prestigious tournament.

So, yeah, Shabazz is having a good weekend so far.

Muhammad racked up 27 points and 7 rebounds, which are actually fairly meager numbers for the star.  His team will play again on Monday.  More interestingly, Shabazz commented on UCLA and their issues:

“It affected it when UCLA was losing early,” Muhammad said. “It had me thinking how I’d fit in. It’s tough. I don’t want to go to a school on the downturn. But I think they can turn it around.”

We’ve already mentioned that many are starting to believe Shabazz is a Kentucky lean.  I’d agree with that statement, and Muhammad’s comments, despite the guarded optimism about UCLA turning things around, show that he’s a smart kid who is looking out for his future.

OH.  And he has a new Hoopmixtape that just…it just…there are no words.  So much second-hand embarassment from the posterizations.  Please, don’t hurt’em, Hammer.

C’mon down, Shabazz.  The waters warm here in Kentucky.  And feel free to tweet about UK tonight and how they look like they are on the opposite of a downturn.

Check back later for updates in regards to tonight’s UK game, folks.  Here’s to hoping the Cats come out with a new fire.

Article written by Chris Thomas

20 Comments for How is Shabazz’s Weekend Going?

  1. pete
    2:35 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Harrellson just hit a deep 3 for the knicks!

  2. Cats R Back
    2:41 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Goodness gracious. Not too many have ever attacked the rim like that…he’ll look great in UK Blue.

  3. Gunther Wheeler
    2:45 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Sooo he can dunk, Given. Can he do anything else?

  4. Final Four
    3:05 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    My main question still is if we land Muhammad how does he fit in with Goodwin? I know one can play SG and the other will play SF but they both appear to have similar styles and Goodwin has already made it clear that Cal told him that he wants him to have the ball in his hands during clutch time. Throw poythress into all of this and yes you have a great line up with guys who can all score but who do you want to do the majority of the scoring? This is almost like the Heat last year. When the game is on the line who do you give the ball to? Wade, Lebron….Bosh? or in our case Muhammad, Goowin, Poythress? A nice problem to have but a problem none the less. (All of this assuming the guys who could go pro will of course Lamb,Gilly, Teague, Jones etc)

  5. Matt
    3:41 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    I have not wanted a recruit this bad since john wall. Think he will be a VERY special player

    3:51 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s see…Go to UK, get worship’d by the BBN, #1 draft almost certain, have a shot at a title and be a UK legend FOREVER!!!!……er…..go to UCLA, maybe make a sweet 16, get drafted in top 5 and ride off to the pros.

    Maybe this guy should call John Wall to discuss????

  7. kyeric
    3:51 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    He’s a baz baazzz man!

  8. GreatWhiteNBAHope
    4:29 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    #4 It’ll work the same way it has in ’09, ’10, and this year. Studs everywhere and everybody gets theirs. Oh and dear God those are some absolutely ferocious dunks.

  9. raunchy rhonda
    4:39 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    i just got hard. this would be the best player cal has ever had, and that’s saying something.

  10. objective
    4:44 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    so i guess he can dunk….?

  11. Lloyd
    5:03 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Even after that video, i’m not sold on his midrange game. Much less, his ability to go left. Seriously, as a college basketball fan, how can UCLA be as bad as they are? How could they revert to pre Ben Howland day’s after Final Fours with Ben Howland? Squandering the resources of Final Four successes, on campus talent, and the fact that its campus is in L.A. How do you sell your defense first mentality to Westbrook, Love, and others, have success, then can’t get lesser talented players to buy in?

  12. TSlone08
    6:06 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    11) please tell me you aren’t that retarded. His ability to go left? He’s left handed!! Haha

  13. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:20 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Most of these mix tapes are too heavy on the fast break dunks to see the overall skills. Absolutely no doubt that Shabazz is great. But it would be nice to see more on ball handling, outside shooting & passing skills. Just hope he ends up at UK and we can all see then.

  14. Booyakasha
    6:51 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    I was in Fort Myers yesterday and although he had 27 points, he was far from dominant. #9, you’re delusional! He’s good, really good, but he’s not Derrick Rose or John Wall.

    I saw Archie Goodwin over the summer, just after coming back from his injury and he looked much more fluid. Maybe Bazz had an off night. I’m planning on checking him out this week.

  15. Wildcat Kyle
    7:06 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Tim Tebow wears Shabazz pajamas to bed.

  16. Wildcat Kyle
    7:11 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Tim Tebow wears Bazz pajamas to sleep in

  17. Wildcat Kyle
    7:12 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    we need a refresh button

  18. Lloyd
    7:20 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Of course I’m kidding. He’s the explosive athlete that would thrive in Calipari’s offense. He would be hurting himself by not buying into the idea of Cal’s program, and not allowing that to work in his favor. That is what makes Cal’s program so approachable and palatable to recruits. I was wanting to hear from other people, 1) Why can’t a coach sell a program that has been recently successful to a kid that wants to stay on the west coast ( I’m basing that on that idea that kid’s naturally want to stay close to home, and that isn’t always the case)? and 2) How can a recently successful program, both on the recruiting trail and on the court during a recent period of time, and is a renowned basketball institution with history, revert to being a mediocre program under the same philosophy that recently brought the school successes? Is basketball that fickle or are certain philosophies that immediate and notwithstanding?

  19. Lloyd
    7:22 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    notwithstanding of consistency is what i should have said. Notwithstanding is not a sentence ender.

  20. Lloyd
    7:35 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    notwithstanding of longterm consistency. You can’t end a sentence it notwithstanding.