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Kyle Anderson's commitment to UCLA may not sway Shabazz Muhammad

Shabazz-muhammad Ron Holmes, whose son Shabazz Muhammad (pictured at left) is widely considered the top high school senior in the country, said Kyle Anderson's commitment to UCLA would not necessarily sway his son's college decision.

"They are good friends and have talked about playing college ball together," Holmes said in a text message, "but they both at the end of the day have to do what's best for themselves."

The commitment of Anderson, a 6-foot-8 point guard-forward from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's, bolsters what is shaping up as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. The Bruins had already received commitments from highly touted shooting guard Jordan Adams of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy and point guard Dominic Artis of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep.

"We all have one common goal, and that's to win a national championship," said Anderson, who picked UCLA over Seton Hall, Georgetown, Florida and St. John's.

Anderson said he was not scared off by a potential logjam at point guard in Westwood for the 2012-13 season. In addition to Artis and Anderson, the Bruins will have North Carolina transfer Larry Drew II, who will be in his final year of collegiate eligibility.

Anderson said UCLA Coach Ben Howland's record of producing successful NBA point guards was a major selling point. Recent Bruins Jordan Farmar, Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison have all become productive professional players.

Anderson said he was also looking forward to playing in the renovated Pauley Pavilion.

"That would be pretty cool, to be there for the first game," he said.

As far as trying to lure Muhammad to complete the recruiting class, Anderson said, "We'd love for Shabazz to come along with us." Holmes said his son, a 6-6 forward from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, has not scheduled his official visit to UCLA.

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Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Shabazz Muhammad's mom is puzzled about Long Beach State

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Kevin O'Neill was all over top prep basketball prospect Shabazz Muhammad, or at least as much as the USC coach could be given the recruiting restrictions his program faced after NCAA sanctions.

O'Neill had an "in" with Muhammad that probably made many other college coaches envious: Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, played for the Trojans from 1981 to 1985.

So what's Dan Monson's excuse?

Muhammad's mother, Faye Muhammad, was a track and basketball star at Long Beach State. She openly wondered why the 49ers weren't recruiting her son, a 6-foot-6 senior-to-be at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman  who is the consensus No. 1 player in the country.

"I would have liked to see them come in and get involved and see what happened with that," Faye Muhammad said.

Asked about his recruitment of Muhammad while sitting courtside at a Las Vegas club tournament game Sunday afternoon, Monson smiled like a man who knew he faced an uphill climb. Like Mt. Everest. Monson cannot comment on recruits who have not signed letters of intent.

Told that Monson probably thought her alma mater had no shot at a player of her son's caliber, Faye Muhammad said, "Maybe. But I would have been a major ally."

Allies are not always enough, though. Muhammad is not headed to USC either, despite his father's valiant efforts. Muhammad actually could become a Bruin, as he is listing UCLA among his possible destinations.

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Photo: Prep basketball phenom Shabazz Muhammad lists UCLA among his possible college destinations. USC and Long Beach State, where his parents went to school, did not make the cut. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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