In the world of recruiting, where nearly everything under the sun is evaluated as a potential clue as to what the future holds, this might not be all that bad for Kentucky. In fact, it sounds like it could be a pretty sweet deal. The Las Vegas Sun profiled Shabazz Muhammad today and included a note that Muhammad and John Wall text each other every day. The topics are innocent enough and generally just includes advice about his game and keeping yourself grounded while going through recruiting, but you have to think that having such a powerful former Wildcat in his ear on a regular basis could mean good things for Kentucky.
It’s such a good idea, in fact, that several of the other schools targeting Muhammad are doing the same thing. According to my sources, these schools also have someone special connected to their program texting him on a regular basis:
UNLV: Former Rebel great Larry Johnson frequently texts Muhammad, but does so in a very odd way. Sources tell me that Johnson only sends pictures to Muhammads phone and in all of them, he’s wearing a dress and faded sneakers. Las Vegas authorities are aware of the situation and said no matter how uncomfortable the photos are, they are not considered inappropriate enough to warrant an intervention.
Kansas: The Pump Brothers text him a few times a week asking if he can get them some tickets.
Arizona: Former Arizona coach and Tucson legend Lute Olson has been texting Muhammad several times a day, but he only writes, “Marty, what year is it?” or “Meow”. You have to think this might not help their chances.
UCLA: Former Bruins star Russell Westbrook has started contacting him more since the NBA lockout began, often asking him if he has an extra shots laying around. If they’re just going to be wasted, Westbrook would like to take them.
Texas Tech: Muhammad gets drunk dials from Billy Gillispie, but so does everyone else. Nothing to see here, folks.
Memphis: An unnamed Memphis connection has added Muhammad to a CrimeStoppers text alert making him aware of what is going on in the city at any given minute second.
Duke: Former Blue Devils star Jon Scheyer updates him frequently on the weather in Tel Aviv and reminds him that, if he plays his cards right, he could be joining him one day. After all, of the last four graduating classes, Coach K has put 4 of the 14 players in the NBA (counting the two that just got drafted).
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a strange new recruiting world we’re living in.