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.
Luther Muhammad, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Hudson (N.J.) Catholic and the NY Rens, has named a top five schools.
Muhammad lists St. John’s, Ohio State, Virginia, West Virginia and Xavier as his top five.
Muhammad took an official to St. John’s June 23-25.
“It was really good,” he said in July. “I met with the academic person of the whole school. He basically explained how freshman classes, how they bring you in in the summertime and you have three classes so during the season you won’t have as many classes and you won’t have as much work because you travel a lot.”
As for on the court, “What impressed me was they had a slip of [paper] of everything I do really well and everything I do bad and then everything they’re going to to do to make my weaknesses to my strengths and my strengths stay my strengths. That was really good, that snuck up on me.”
Muhammad is aware that head coach Chris Mullin and assistant Mitch Richmond both played in the NBA.
“That’s great, but at the end of the day you have to know how to coach and you gotta know how to make people better,” he said.
Looking ahead, Muhammad will visit Ohio State in September after former Butler coach Chris Holtmann and assistant Mike Schrage left the Big East school where they were recruiting Muhammad.
“In September, I will be visiting Ohio State,” Muhammad said. “It’s the same message as Butler, just with a new program basically.”
Muhammad will also visit Xavier Sept. 15-17 and West Virginia Sept. 22-24.
Virginia just recently offered Muhammad and will look to get him on campus.
Meantime, Muhammad, a natural shooting guard, is transitioning to become a point guard with the Rens.
“It’s coming along really well as far as knowing when to score, pass, slow the game down, speed the game up, knowing how to run a team, getting everyone in the right spot and putting everyone in a position to play to their strengths,” he said earlier. “I want to make everyone around me better.”
Said Rens coach Chris Alesi: “Luther is the prototpyical combo guard who, over the past month or so, has made a smooth transition to playing as a pure point guard, which is what he projects to be in college.
“He’s a kid who relentlessly works on improving his game and I would say he’s a little underrated nationally. He’s an elite competitor in the mold of former Pitt standout Levance Fields.”
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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.