There’s a new No. 1 in the Scout.com 2012 rankings.
After an impressive spring, Shabazz Muhammad has jumped two enormous and extremely talented big men to take over the top spot.
While both Andre Drummond, who previously held the top spot, and Isaiah Austin had their moments in the spring, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 strongly built wing prospect, was consistently more dominant than his peers.
Perhaps his best event of the spring was in Long Beach (Calif.) at the Pangos All-American. Muhammad appears more athletic than last year, his jump shot is more consistent and his game is more polished.
Muhammad attributes his improvement to tough workouts and plenty of time in the gym with his father – Ron Holmes.
“I’ve been really working with my dad,” Muhammad told Scout.com. “It is three times a day in the gym and one time in the weight room. We are working every day on jump shots, athleticism, and everything. I am just going to keep doing what I am doing to stay on top.”
With the July evaluation period approaching and a long high school season left, the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout knows there’s still work to do.
“It is a great feeling knowing you are the No. 1 player, but you know you have to be ready for every game because everybody is going to come at you,” he said. “Despite the ranking you have to play at the end of the day.”
Moving Muhammad to No. 1 wasn’t an easy task. In fact, Drummond, a 6-foot-10 big man out of Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More, had his moments during the spring, including an impressive showing against Austin in California.
Drummond, who is likely the best long-term prospect of the bunch, is a terrific athlete that possesses a great set of hands and impressive touch around the basket. To regain his spot, he will have to become more consistently dominant in the paint.
Austin and Coleman check in at No. 3 and No. 4, while Mitch McGary jumped from outside of the top 10 to the No. 5 prospect in the 2012 class.
McGary built his reputation throughout the spring and showed up in Charlottesville (Va.) ready to play at the NBA Players Association Camp. An athletic post prospect, McGary has improved his offensive game a great deal.
Kaleb Tarczewski, Cameron Ridley, Brandon Ashley, Ricardo Ledo and Rodney Purvis close out the top 10.
The No. 11 prospect – Anthony Bennett – was the biggest riser in the new batch of rankings. Bennett moved up 55 spots. The Henderson (Nev.) Findlay standout is as aggressive a forward as you’ll find in the 2012 group.
After Bennett, Sam Dekker, Glenn Robinson and Adam Woodbury were among the biggest risers. Dekker moved up to No. 42 from No. 79. Robinson jumped 35 spots up to No. 90, while Woodbury rose 21 spots.
There are six new five-star prospects this time around. Bennett joins Devonta Pollard, Tony Parker, Jarnell Stokes and Marcus Smart.