Muhammad named Naismith Player of the Year

Shabazz Muhammad was named Naismith High School Boys’ Player of the Year Monday, beating out Grace Prep’s (Arlington, Texas) Isaiah Austin, St. Anthony’s (Jersey City, N.J.) Kyle Anderson and Tilton’s (Tilton, N.H.) Nerlens Noel for the prestigious award.

Muhammad, who is ranked No. 2 in the ESPNU 100, will be recognized at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards Banquet at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta on March 22.

“We feel honored that Shabazz was picked for the Naismith award,” said Muhammad’s father Ron Holmes. “It’s obviously very prestigious and it’s a testament to all of the hard work that he’s put in over the years. We’re very proud of him.”

Muhammad led Bishop Gorman (28-4), who is ranked No. 14 in the POWERADE FAB 50, to its third state title in four years on Feb. 24 with a 96-51 win over Hug (Reno, Nev.). Muhammad scored 36 points in the win.

“He is a true competitor in every way and his work ethic is second to none,” Bishop Gorman coach Grant Rice said of Muhammad. “He deserves every accolade he receives.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN.