Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Shabazz Muhammad Confirms Carolina Visit; Providence Lands Fortune
Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, confirmed that he will visit North Carolina for the “Late Night With Roy” event in October.
“I’m going to North Carolina for Midnight Madness,” Muhammad said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event in Venice Beach, Calif.
Muhammad, out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, has already taken unofficials to Carolina and Duke.
He said he’s also considering Kentucky, Memphis, UCLA, Texas, Kansas and UNLV.
Muhammad still has plenty of time to decide and says he has no timetable.
“Whenever the time is comfortable, that’s when I’m gonna make the move,” he said.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard has been compared often to former NBA lottery pick James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“I’m a player that will do whatever the coach asks for on the offensive and defensive end and just be a team player,” he said.
PROVIDENCE LANDS FORTUNEProvidence picked up its first 2012 commitment when Josh Fortune verbally committed Thursday.
The 6-foot-4 1/2, 180-pound Fortune is a 15-year-old from Hampton, Va. Kecoughtan High who plays for Boo Williams.
“It felt good being on the campus,” he said by phone. “It felt like I fit there. To be a part of a new organization and to help them win games, it felt good to be there.”
Providence is optimistic about Fortune’s future and feels he compares to Syracuse commit Michael Carter-Williams, who will be 19 in October, and Ricky Ledo of South Kent (Conn.), who will be 18 in September.
Providence coach Keno Davis watched Fortune drop eight 3-pointers and score 36 points in the fifth-place game against Southern Kings Red in the AAU national championship in Orlando.
“That just sealed the deal for Keno,” said Boo Williams coach Ken Chisolm.
Chisolm said Fortune also had offers from George Washington, TCU, Old Dominion and interest from others.
“[Providence assistant] Chris Driscoll was at every game that a college coach could be at this summer,” Chisolm said. “Kids see that, who likes them and who’s thinking about them. He and his mom decided it would be a good fit for him. They just loved the facilities and they’d rather get this thing behind him.”
(Photo courtesy Tucson Citizen)
Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.