CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA -- Mustafa Shakur was his usual bouncy self tonight at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Shakur helped his team to a victory in the first round of pool action inside the spacious Dean Dome.
"Arizona, Villanova and Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, St. Joe's, North Carolina State and UCONN have showed the most interest," Shakur told us tonight. "Syracuse had a good class coming in next year. Coach Hop (Hopkins) is a cool guy. Hakim (Warrick) came from Friends Central so that helps too."
Shakur has many schools recruiting him hard. And he is still open in his recruiting process. "I am still open," Shakur told us. "I still am wide open. There are schools I do like a lot."
Shakur, a smooth 6-4, 170 pound combo/shooting guard from Friends Central in Philadelphia, Penn., has consistently mentioned Syracuse, Arizona and Villanova near the top of his list.
Shakur has a great step to the basket. It appears he can beat his man off the dribble when he wishes. Shakur has a solid floor game too. He involves his teammates offensively and distributes the ball effectively when he breaks into the paint. Mustafa averaged 18.8 points, six assists, four rebounds, and two steals last season.
Shakur plans to attend the adidas ABCD Camp this summer, and then travel the with Gregory Wright's Hunting Park Warriors program out West to the adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and the Best of the Summer Tournament in Los Angeles. He also plans to attend the Nike Global Challenge in Beaverton, Ore, with Hunting Park.
"Arizona for even their assistant to come this far and they normally they don't crisscross the country," Shakur said. "The last player here from the East Coast was Khalid Reeves (New York City). They produce a lot of great point guards and are always in the tournament."
Shakur also said: "I always like UCONN since I was younger. The head coach came to see me. Coach Calhoun came."
ON Villanova: "Jay Wright and Joe Jones have a lot of energy. They are recruiting a lot of top players.
"North Carolina State also they have great atmosphere. The ACC...Georgia Tech came to see me. They made a pretty good impression."
Shakur also notices who comes to sees him. "I have mixed feelings if head coaches don't come but also it's great that someone comes across the country that's great."