Report: UNLV fading from Shabazz Muhammad sweepstakes

Findlay Prep forward Anthony Bennett still Rebels' top 2012 target

On Monday night, after winning the slam dunk contest to kick off his week at the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago, Bishop Gorman star senior wing Shabazz Muhammad told the nation that he will make his college decision known on April 11 — the first day of the spring signing period.

And it continues to look less and less likely that the 6-foot-6 Gaels standout will be donning a UNLV cap that day.

Muhammad told senior national basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago that while he’s considering five schools, three stand out right now, listing UCLA, Duke and Kentucky at the top.

Falling behind on that list are UNLV and Kansas.

The news isn’t all that surprising, however, as UNLV’s recruiting efforts of the unanimous No. 2 overall recruit in the 2012 class have cooled as of late.

The Rebels’ top target to fill what is currently its only vacant scholarship is 6-foot-7 Findlay Prep powerhouse Anthony Bennett, who is also at the McDonald’s All-American game this week. Bennett is set to choose some point next month from a list that includes UNLV, Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington.

UNLV has been zeroing in on Bennett more and more as the season has progressed, as he simply fills a bigger need for the Rebels. Dave Rice’s program will be loaded on the wings next season, while the team needs another aggressive big man who can score in the mid- and low-post and be a consistent, aggressive force on the glass.