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FACES IN THE CROWD
Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
March 26, 2012
SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD
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March 26, 2012

Faces In The Crowd

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SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD

LAS VEGAS > BASKETBALL

Shabazz, a 6'6", 215-pound senior small forward at Bishop Gorman High, was named the Morgan Wootten boys' player of the year. A week earlier he was named the Naismith high school boys' player of the year. Rivals.com's top recruit in the class of 2012, Shabazz scored 36 points to lead the Gaels (28--4) to their third Class 4A state title in four years with a 96--51 win over Hug High. He averaged 29.4 points and 10.1 rebounds this season. He has yet to decide where he'll play in college.

ERIN FINN

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICH. > TRACK AND FIELD

Erin, a junior at West Bloomfield High, won the girls' 5,000 meters at indoor nationals in New York City in a national record 16:19.69, smashing the previous mark by 15.46 seconds while claiming her first national championship. Last month she ran the third-fastest two-mile high school race in the U.S. this season (10:18.82). In January, Erin, who won the D-I state cross-country title last fall and finished second at Foot Locker Nationals, was named the Michigan Gatorade girls' cross-country runner of the year.

GRANT BESSE

PLYMOUTH, MINN. > ICE HOCKEY

Grant, a junior forward at Benilde--St. Margaret's, scored all five goals, three of them shorthanded, in a 5--1 victory over Hill-Murray for the 2A title to set a state tournament championship game scoring record. Afterward the Red Knights presented their sophomore teammate Jack Jablonski, who was paralyzed in a jayvee game earlier this year (SI, Feb. 27), with the state trophy. Grant, who had 52 goals this season to set the school career record (115), has committed to play for Wisconsin.

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