“I think I’m just ready to get it out of the way,” said Muhammad, a 6-6 forward who has narrowed his choices to Duke, Kentucky, UCLA and UNLV. “I think it is time to finally know which college (I’m) going to. I want to see if I can get down there to talk with the coach and see what he has planned for me next season.”
In the meantime, he’s facing a lot of lobbying from his fellow McDonalds All Americans.
“I’m so nervous about it, really stressed out, especially with these McDonald’s guys, Kyle (Anderson) with UCLA, Archie (Goodwin) with (Kentucky), Perry (Ellis) with (Kansas) and Rasheed (Sulaimon) with Duke. Those guys are all in my ear. It’s going to be hard, but I’m happy to have this recruiting process to have this opportunity.”
There are three other McDonalds All Americans who haven’t announced a college choice: Kevin Ferrell of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Devonta Pollard of Kemper County (Porterville, Miss.) and Amile Jefferson of Friends Central (Philadelphia).
Chicago three-peat: The McDonald’s All American Basketball Games, which are being played in Chicago’s United Center for the second year in a row on Wednesday, will return to the United Center for 2013, said the games’ director, Douglas Freeland.
“We had an option to return to the United Center and we chose to exercise that option, making that decision in the past week,” Freeland said. “I think the tipping point was looking at the overall support we got from Chicago and obviously the attendance (a games record 20,018 in 2011). It feels like the community that is Chicago has embraced the game.”
It also doesn’t hurt that Jabari Parker, the most prominent junior in the country and a likely McDonald’s All American next year, plays at Simeon High in Chicago.