Shabazz Muhammad Removes UNLV From Consideration, Or Does He?

Mar 24, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All American guard Shabazz Muhammad (15) poses during a photo shoot for the 35th McDonalds High School All American Game to be held at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Las Vegas product and No. 2 overall hoops recruit Shabazz Muhammad had a great game in the 2012 McDonald's All-American game Wednesday night and was named the games MVP:

His game-high 21 points led the West to a 106-102 victory and earned Muhammad the John R. Wooden MVP award.

"It means a lot," Muhammad said after the game. "There are so many talented players out there and it was just fun tonight to play with everybody."

Muhammad has yet to decide where he will play college ball, but numerous past McDonald's All-American game MVPs -- including Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James -- have gone on to have successful NBA careers. Kentucky, UCLA and UNLV seem to be the current frontrunners to land Muhammad...

While this Sports Illustrated article says Muhammad is down to the UCLA Bruins and UNLV Runnin' Rebels, that may or may not be the case. ESPN's Dave Telep is reporting that Muchammad has three favorites while considering five total schools. The favorites are (in no order)the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils and UCLA, but he is still considering UNLV and Kansas.

However, just last week on March 22 he told the Las Vegas Sun that UNLV was very much in the mix for his services:

"Coach (Dave) Rice is a great guy and he's bringing in a lot of good players," said Muhammad, who is also considering Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. "I'm looking at them hard."

"This is a lifetime decision for me. I have to make sure I make the right decision," he continued. "I'm still being patient with it. The process is going good right now. April 11 is when I will announce it."

Here is the thing, he is a wanted high school athlete who is just a teenager and this is a huge decision for him, so he just could be changing his mind which is what kids his age do.

A decision is likely to come during the first two weeks of April.

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