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Shabazz Muhammad wins Mr. Basketball USA

Last time that UCLA had a high school player that was voted Mr. Basketball USA was over 40 years ago: Lew Alcindor, better known as Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He would also lead us to an NCAA championship after joining UCLA, maybe Shabazz can do that for us too? One of my favorite bits from the article: "Muhammad's basketball journey began well before he reached high school. He was a not-so-athletic sixth-grader battling Tourette syndrome. It was at AAU Nationals that year when he first laid eyes on a tough guard from New Jersey who inspired him to step up his game." "I just wasn't that good in sixth grade," Muhammad said. "When I saw Kyle Anderson play for the first time, I wished I was that good. He is so skilled and can do a lot of things with the ball in his hands. If he would have won [Mr. Basketball USA honors], I would have been happy for him. That's one of my best friends." Cynics (realists?) will say Shabazz committed to Adidas, others could say Kyle Anderson may have been the best recruiting factor for UCLA yet.

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