will enter his senior season at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
as the nation's No. 1-ranked prospect.
Following a busy summer with San Diego-based club team Dream Vision, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard retains his status as the top prospect in the country, holding off a class full of promising big men – including No. 2, 6-10 center Andre Drummond
"Heading into the summer, the top spot was up for grabs," CBSSports.com recruiting analyst Jeff Borzello said. "Muhammad grabbed onto it in early July and wouldn't let go. He consistently dominated offensively, scoring at will against nearly every opponent. The only thing that slowed him down was an injury late in the month. Despite that, given his work ethic and scoring ability, Muhammad heads into the school season with the No. 1 spot firmly in his grasp."
Drummond, who announced Wednesday he will leave St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.)
for Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.)
this fall, made a strong push in July and early August to establish himself as the top post player in the class. Head-to-head battles with No. 5 Isaiah Austin
, No. 8 Kaleb Tarczewski
and No. 9 Cameron Ridley
all went Drummond's way.
"Based on potential and ceiling, Drummond is probably the best player in the country," Borzello said. "However, he didn't consistently bring the effort on a game-in, game-out basis. He would dominate at times, showing his wide array of talents, but he would also disappear other times, floating around the perimeter and not controlling the game at both ends. Even with his drawbacks, he is supremely talented."
No. 3 Mitch McGary
, a 6-10 post man who attends Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
, was the summer's breakout star. The Indiana native didn't have a particularly distinguished resume until dominating in a number of spring events and carrying that level of play through July.
"He has an infectious personality, on and off the court, that rubs off onto his teammates," Borzello said. "Other players enjoy being on the same team with him, which says something about his attitude. On the court, his non-stop motor and inside-outside ability are impressive."
No. 4 Kyle Anderson
helped St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
earn the No. 1 national ranking last season and solidified his status as an elite talent at the Nike Peach Jam in July, where he nearly averaged a triple-double.
"Anderson is arguably the most intriguing long-term prospect in the high school ranks right now," Borzello said. "He's essentially a 6-foot-8 point guard that is admittedly one of the slowest players on the court every game. The thing is, his lack of quickness doesn't matter. Anderson consistently makes his teammates better, and his vision is unbelievable for someone his size."
Rounding out the top five is Texas 7-footer Austin. A product of Grace Prep (Arlington)
, Austin is a bit of a polarizing prospect as he tantalizes with unique skills for someone his size but doesn't always deliver energy.
"On the surface, Austin has perhaps the most potential of anyone in the class, outside of Drummond," Borzello said. "He is a 7-footer who can knock down 3-pointers with consistency and runs the floor like a small forward. However, for someone his size, he prefers to hang around the perimeter as opposed to scoring inside and banging around the rim. If he becomes a true inside-outside talent, the sky is the limit for Austin."
Two members of the Boston Amateur Basketball Club – the summer circuit's most successful squad with a record of 80-3 – made the biggest splash among prospects new to the Top 100. Jake Layman
, a 6-8 combo forward, debuts at No. 57. Iowa State commitment Georges Niang
, a crafty 6-7 power forward, enters at No. 71.
Double-digit risers include Marcus Smart
(No. 24 to No. 12), Kris Dunn
(No. 48 to No. 26) and Brice Johnson
(No. 71 to No. 29).MaxPreps Class of 2012 Top 100