Muhammad to stay in the West

Shabazz Muhammad

Shabazz Muhammad's much anticipated decision is in. He plans to stay on the west coast and sign with UCLA.

After deliberating for much of his senior year, Shabazz Muhammad's college choice is now in.

Muhammad, Scout.com's No. 2 prospect in the 2012 class, announced on Wednesday he is headed to UCLA.

Ben Howland and the Bruins have been the supposed leader in Muhammad's recruitment for quite some time, but they had to fend off a strong run by Kentucky and Duke.

A 6-foot-6, 210-pound wing, Muhammad is a terrific scorer from the perimeter. Over the past two years he's developed his ball handling, added a mid-range game and has even extended his shot out to 23-feet.

According to Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman coach Grant Rice, it's his intensity and effort that makes him special.

"You can count on your hands the amount of guys that compete the way he does and go as hard as he does, and all of those guys are playing big time basketball right now," Rice told Scout.com just two hours before the announcement.

"He has all the makings of someone that wants to be great," he added.

Two weeks ago at the McDonald's All-American practices, Muhammad played with an edge and seemed to play with more energy and effort than every player in practice. Rice said that was a daily occurrence at Bishop Gorman.

"Every practice," he said. "Guys just know that if they are guarding him they better go hard or he's going to go up and dunk on them."

Muhammad is the third prospect from the 2012 class to commit to Howland and UCLA. He joins fellow top five prospect Kyle Anderson and top 100 recruit Jordan Adams.

With the commitment, UCLA moves to No. 2 in the 2012 recruiting class rankings.

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