We all know that our hopes of a great basketball recruiting class for 2012 rest on CBH's ability to sign one superstar recruit: Shabazz Muhammed. With the early signings of Dominic Artis and Jordan Adams, our major, looming hole at point guard was filled with Artis and a much-needed guard/forward with a good shooting touch was also brought in in Adams. ESPN has UCLA's current class at number 13 overall, a very good start considering we have offers to and consideration from many, many more top-100 recruits and multiple top-10 recruits, including number 1 overall Shabazz.
Anyway, signing Shabazz would easily vault this class to number one or, at the very least, top three in the country. A lot of 'experts' seem to think UCLA is the leader of the pack in the race for Shabazz, but we really do not know. What I do know, however, is that a friend of mine and fellow Bruin fan was at a charity dinner a few nights ago that CBH attended. I also know he talked to CBH who said Shabazz is the "real deal" and winked as he said he was working on signing him.
Could this mean something major? No, probably not, but that doesn't mean that there is a tiny chance CBH has already closed the deal. Here is to hoping Shabazz has already committed to the greatest basketball program in history to bring another title to Westwood.
One more bit of info from CBH: When talking about Josh Smith, Howland talked about how great of a player Josh was and how he is a future NBA star-- all while commenting on his raised weight to 350 or 360. When I first heard several weeks ago that Josh put on weight, I was worried. However, the fact that CBH admitted Josh had put on some pounds and was seemingly happy about it, now I feel like he is working out with college coaches and all he has put on is major muscle, and could be even more of an unstoppable force down low this year.