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USC Trojans enter the Shabazz Muhammad race

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In Los Angeles to take part in the adidas Nations Global Experience over the weekend, top prep recruit Shabazz Muhammad made a surprise stop to the USC campus.

The five-star recruit and his father, former Trojans forward Ron Holmes (1981-1985), took in a USC practice on Sunday, which could mean that Kevin O'Neill is now in the mix to land the Class of 2012's premier wing.

Despite his father's ties to the university, the 6-foot-6 Muhammad was not thought to be seriously considering the Trojans up until the weekend visit.

The Bishop Gorman star has been previously linked to many of the country's elite college basketball programs, including schools such as Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and hometown UNLV.

Muhammad's newfound interest in USC could be a result of the full-court-press that Coach O'Neill put on the youngster at a Las Vegas club tournament back in July.

While it remains to be seen whether Muhammad is seriously considering the Trojans, Sunday's impromptu visit was certainly big, big step in the right direction for KO and the future of USC basketball.

© 2011 Neal J. Leitereg -- All Rights Reserved

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