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Coach | 2024 Notre Dame Hoops Target Sir Mohammed An Unselfish Star

May 30, 2023

There wasn’t a lot of basketball to be played and Sir Mohammed‍ was only a freshman, but Myers Park head basketball coach Scott Taylor learned plenty about the 2024 North Carolina guard.

“Sir's approach in how he works and prepares himself is different from most high school kids I've ever been around,” says Taylor. “His ninth grade year was the COVID year where we didn't need to play a lot. He just looked at it a little bit different and he could see the game a little bit different. He was a little bit ahead in how he processed stuff, but his work ethic kind of matches that.”

Mohammed has only improved over the last few years.

“As he's grown into his body and his skillset and has continued to mature, he's just gotten stronger and been able to put all that stuff together,” Taylor says of the 6-foot-6 Mohammed. “He can do whatever you want.”

Mohammed plays point guard for Myers Park, but he certainly isn’t limited to the point and Taylor doesn’t want to put a label on him.

“He makes really good reads and really good decisions and just makes the right basketball play over and over and over again,” the coach says. “He's a super humble kid who wants his teammates to have a great experience and wants them to feel like they're carrying the load when he's putting them in the right positions for them to be successful.”

Taylor admits there are times when he’d prefer Mohammed actually be a bit selfish and try to score more often.

“That's one thing that he's really having to grow into, both through his travel ball stuff with Team Curry and even with us some is being willing to be aggressive enough to go seek out his shot,” says Taylor. “He's more than just a capable score. He can get his shot in different ways. He's not a blow-by-you kind of point guard. He's not a quick, small, jittery, change-of-direction guy. He understands how to play with pace and use his body so he still can get to the position he needs to to put the defense in compromising situations and then make the right reads off of it.

“We use him in a lot of ball screen situations, especially in the middle third because it just puts other teams in disadvantaged situations. If they're going to switch, he's going to be able to get the space to get what he wants. Trying to stay with him, he's good enough to keep them on his back or on his hip and get into the lane.”

Mohammed has more than a dozen offers from schools like Notre Dame, Marquette, Michigan, Cincinnati, NC State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee and Villanova among others.

When Micah Shrewsberry was still at Penn State, he was recruiting Mohammed and has continued that pursuit with the Irish.

“They developed a pretty solid relationship,” Taylor says of Mohammed and Shrewsberry. “He's a high-academic kid. A lot of the schools that they've taken time to visit and really evaluate and look at, check that box. So obviously Notre Dame meets that criteria.

“And then Coach Shrews and the ACC. A lot of it for him has to do with his relationships with his coaches and how the team plays. Not that other high-level recruits aren't unique, but he fits a principled style of play better in some places than in others. The way that Coach Shrewsberry plays his Five-Out stuff with guys who are versatile and can do a bunch of different things makes a lot of sense for how he plays.”

Mohammed has an official visit set to Notre Dame for June 18th, after one to Marquette June 5th. Taylor anticipates an official to Villanova being scheduled and possibility one to Miami.

“They've been willing to go and visit and take opportunities to see places,” Taylor says of Mohammed. “I know that those are two schools that he's really interested in that he hasn't had a chance to see yet, so getting those done in June has been important to him.”

Taylor expects Mohammed to make a decision before the start of his senior season at Myers Park, but isn’t positive.

“They're going to take their time to make sure that they've been able to evaluate the process and evaluate everything in front of them and see all the schools that they want to see. I don't know that I can put a real good guess to that quite yet.”

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