Muhammad recruitment seen as dirty

Add former Bishop Gorman High star Shabazz Muhammad’s name to the top of yet another list.

This one isn’t as flattering as being named the top recruit in the country, however.

A CBS poll asking which college basketball player’s recruitment is perceived the dirtiest of the past decade was released Monday, with the UCLA freshman leading the voting.

The poll surveyed nearly 100 college coaches over the summer on the condition of anonymity and came up with some interesting results.

The website has been releasing a category per day, and the dirty recruiting list came out Wednesday, with Muhammad atop the list at 15 percent, just ahead of former Kentucky star Anthony Davis.

“This deal was done for a long time,” one coach said of Muhammad’s recruitment. “The other rumors and stuff were just smoke and mirrors. People on the inside knew this deal was done. I mean, he turned Kentucky down.”

Muhammad is awaiting a ruling on his freshman eligibility and was unable to accompany his UCLA teammates on a trip to China this month.

Muhammad has company on the list, as his new UCLA teammate Kyle Anderson finished tied for third with O.J. Mayo and John Wall.

Among the “others receiving votes” was UNLV transfer Khem Birch, a former McDonald’s All-American who originally signed at Pittsburgh.

The list was littered with John Calipari connections, which is hardly a surprise. If someone compiled a list of the most corrupt coaches in college football, Calipari probably would find his way on to that as well.

■ DAVIS PICKS UP TIPS – On the subject of Davis, the experience of playing on a team of established NBA superstars at the Olympics likely will help the newest New Orleans Hornet make the transition from college to the professional ranks.

He thinks the best stuff he picked up from some of his London teammates had nothing to do with picks or rolls, though.

Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray tweeted about the best lessons Davis learned over the summer.

“(Davis) says the best advice he got from (LeBron James) and Olympic teammates: watch your money and watch out for women,” she tweeted from her account, @SI_MaggieGray.

No confirmation whether James also told Davis to keep Delonte West away from his mother.

■ MELK-MAN DOESN’T DELIVER – Fans streaming into AT&T Park on Sept. 8 to watch the Giants host the rival Dodgers on what is expected to be an important game down the stretch in the National League West race could have had a bitter reminder of what could have been for the San Francisco offense.

That was to be Melky Cabrera T-shirt day, and 20,000 shirts bearing the suspended slugger’s image were being printed for the occasion.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports the team canceled the order just as the supplier was preparing to print the shirts. Club officials confirmed the news and told Baggarly that fans instead would receive Angel Pagan shirts.

It seems the Giants were well-prepared to deal with an outfielder who was using performance-enhancing drugs.



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