When the Wyoming men’s basketball team hosts San Jose State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Laramie, the Cowboys will be familiar with the Spartans’ best player.
True freshman guard Rashad Muhammad is a 6-foot-6 guard that leads all Mountain West freshmen in scoring (17 ppg). He also leads his team in shots made, shots taken and free-throw percentage.
Muhammad’s final two choices for college came down to UW and San Jose State. He and his mom made an official visit to Laramie during the recruiting process.
“It’s pretty cool coming back,” Muhammad said. “I liked it there and my visit was great. Coach Shyatt had me over to his house and I hung out with the team a lot. It was a real good time.”
Muhammad knew UW assistant coach Scott Duncan well because Duncan recruited his older brother, Shabazz, to UCLA when Duncan was an assistant there.
Muhammad said he enjoyed hanging out with current UW players Josh Adams, Larry Nance Jr. and Charles Hankerson Jr. He also played some pick-up games with the Cowboys while he was in Laramie.
As for Muhammad’s scout on the Cowboys: “We have to execute our offense and try to contain Larry inside,” he said. “We know there are other guys that can shoot the ball. I wouldn’t be surprised if (UW) tries and take me out of the game defensively. That’s what other teams in the league have tried to do.”
“We had a great time with him and (Muhammad and his mother) are great people,” UW coach Larry Shyatt said. “He choose San Jose State, which obviously was a great choice for him. We are well aware of his abilities. We went and saw him work out a number of times. I thought he was a really good prospect and knew he could really shoot the ball. I loved his disposition as well.”
Muhammad said he has no regrets about his choice. San Jose State is in a rebuilding mode with first-year coach Dave Wojcik, and the Spartans are the just 6-11 overall and 0-5 in the MW.
“I took a long time to talk it over with my family,” said Muhammad on his decision-making process. “I’ve thought about what it would have been like if I went to Wyoming a couple of times. I am happy where I am. But I love coach Wojick, my teammates and the campus.”
Still, can you imagine if UW had a 6-6 freshman guard that could score like Muhammad? Nothing against the current group of guys, but that would have been nice, don’t you think?
For more on the game, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.