Basketball: Top recruit Muhammad visits

Las Vegas prep forward Shabazz Muhammad visited a USC basketball practice Sunday night alongside his father, former USC forward Ron Holmes.

Muhammad, a 6-6, 215-pound left-handed forward from Bishop Gorman High, is considered one of the top high school players in the nation in the Class of 2012. ESPNU has him ranked as the No. 1 small forward in his class and No. 3 prospect overall.

He had not been known to be seriously considering USC until the surprise visit, but sources close to the team believe he could end up making the school one of the five he officially visits come the fall and wintertime. He and his father have said previously they are high on UCLA, Kentucky, Duke and Texas, among a host of other schools, including hometown UNLV.

Holmes, who lettered at USC from 1981-1985, still keeps in fairly constant contact with his alma mater. Muhammad's mother, Faye Muhammad, and younger brother also visited the school Sunday.

Per NCAA regulations, Muhammad can sign with a school beginning in November during the early period, which lasts one week. If he doesn't choose then, the next signing period lasts roughly a month and begins in mid-April.

The Trojans currently have one player committed in the Class of 2012: Phoenix, Az. guard Larry Lewis, a 6-3 slasher who verbally committed to USC in March 2010.