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Notre Dame Hoops Commit Sir Mohammed "Class Kid From Class Family"

September 13, 2023

People seemed to have trouble explaining just how much they respect Sir Mohammed‍ as a person, but Langston Wertz Jr., may have done it best.

“If you had a daughter and your daughter brought Sir Muhammad to your house, you'd be pretty happy,” Wertz Jr., says of Mohammed, the 2024 North Carolina guard, who announced his commitment to Notre Dame on Aug. 12th.

Wertz Jr., has covered sports for the Charlotte Observer for more than 30 years with a focus on high school sports. He’s been able to watch the growth of area players like Stephen Curry and his own son and former Irish point guard Trey Wertz from their earliest days.

And Mohammed is one he’s enjoyed watching and getting to know.

“He's a class kid from a class family,” says Wertz Jr. “Hard working kid.

“6-foot-6, can play point guard if you need it. He's probably more of a 2 or a 3. Shoots the ball really well. He's a great defender, a leader. He needs to gain a little weight, but most freshmen do. I think he'll be a good ACC player.”

At 6-10, Mohammed’s father, Nazr, was a standout player at Kentucky before a lengthy NBA career. He’s currently a scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the general manager of the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G League team.

“He's got the pedigree with his father,” Wertz Jr. says. “I'm not even sure he is done growing.”

Mohammed also comes from strong programs, including Charlotte’s Myers Park High School, which grabbed last year’s state championship.

“For a public high school, they have three players ranked in the Top 100 of their class,” Wertz Jr., says. “Two in the Class of 24 and then one in the Class of 25.”

Wertz Jr., is referring to Mohammed, 2024 point guard Bishop Boswell and 2025 forward Sadiq White.

“You just don't see that at a public high school,” Wertz Jr., says, noting that Mohammed doesn’t really need to display all his point guard abilities when playing next to Boswell, who has more than a dozen major offers of his own.

“Last year, they had Elijah Strong, who's now at Boston College,” Wertz Jr., says. “Sir could just kind of sit back and let others go and get theirs. He's really unselfish. I think that can be a good and a bad thing because you do kind of want him to take over a little bit more at times. I think over the summer he's done a little bit more of that.”

Mohammed also won titles on the AAU circuit playing for Team Curry in Charlotte.

“He was a big part of that,” Wertz Jr., says. “He went to Stephen Curry's Camp out in California, did well out there.

“He's ready-made, man. He's ready to go. I think he'll be a neat piece for the Fighting Irish moving forward.”

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