I don't think we can read anything negative into this dragging out. People have made the comment a few times that if he honestly prefers Duke, why hasn't he committed. The other side of that is if actually prefers UCLA or Kentucky, why wouldn't he have committed to one of them. He's probably leaning toward one of the three, but perhaps he really hasn't made a decision. Based on what I've read about Shabazz and heard in his interviews, he seems more Kobe than LeBron and wants to win on both the team and individual levels. The Kentucky model might give him the best chance to win an NCAA title next year, but if he can lead Duke or UCLA to a title he's got the chance to be more than just another one and done. Granted Carmelo Anthony was a year before the one and done rule, but I guarantee in a few years, casual fans are going to remember him taking Syracuse all the way more than any of Calipari's one and dones. And, since Syracuse is out of it, why not use some USA basketball connections and have Melo, the only one and done I can think of to win a national title and to play for Coach K, call up Bazz and tell him about it?
I hope that people aren't reading too much into the timing of the announcement -- or the delay before it.
Shabazz -- and several otyher top players -- are holding off their announcements until the big signing day show on ESPN. That's the way of the moefrn worlds -- players like to make a big splash ... remember the Black Falcon and his infamous skype (live on ESPNU) ... remember LeBron and his "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" on a national network.
It's quite possible that Shabazz knows where he's going ... it's just that the rest of us have to wait until April 11.
Well, hopefully this'll happen before April 11th
Frank Isola @FisolaNYDN
Lot of NBA people believe John Calipari to the Knicks is already being set into motion.
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Tweet from Jerry Meyer about 15 mins ago...
@3starmeyer Hearing from a couple reliable sources that Shabazz Muhammad will end up at UCLA.
How could someone choose UCLA right now? Unless all of these reports about the program/Howland are false, I can't understand why a big time player would risk going there.
2. I think a lot of the UCLA stuff centered around Reeves Nelson, who is gone.
3. They have a really good player (Kyle Anderson) who makes everyone around him better with his court vision and passing ability.
4. They are in the mix for several top prospects this year. Good players like to play with other good players.
What I will enjoy seeing is the reaction from the Kentucky fans, who will go from worshipping at the altar of Calipari to crucifying him for being a sellout in about 4 seconds.