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Always room for improvement

Works in progress: Muhammad's jump shot, Austin's strength, Anderson's defense

Originally Published: January 26, 2012
By Paul Biancardi | ESPN Recruiting
Here is a breakdown of the top 10 players in the 2012 class, including what makes them so good and how they can improve.

Muhammad
Muhammad

Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)

Player rank: 1 | SF rank: 1 | Grade: 98
Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 215 pounds | Evaluation

Breakdown: He might be the nation's most prolific scorer because he can hurt opponents in a number of ways. The closer he gets to the basket, the more efficient and effective his scoring abilities become. He thrives in the transition game because he is an elite athlete who can utilize his physical tools to finish a fast break. When he has a like-size or smaller defender guarding him, he will go to the blocks and overpower his opponent. When facing the basket, he has a lethal drive by attacking with a low shoulder and a quick blow-by step. Muhammad welcomes contact because he has proved he has the strength and body control to score through it. On top of his scoring, he is dedicated to improving all aspects of his game and is never satisfied with his performance. Muhammad is considering Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and UNLV.

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Paul Biancardi

Basketball Recruiting