Greenwood basketball phenom Aminu Mohammed will spend the next few weeks exploring his options for this upcoming basketball season, which could lead to him leaving the Blue Jays basketball program to enroll in college early.
Mohammed’s guardian, Shawn Harmon, told the News-Leader on Tuesday night that due to the uncertainty around the high school basketball season, Mohammed needs to explore his different options heading into this winter.
This comes following the cancellation of the 2021 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.
“We need to make a decision on what we’re going to do,” Harmon said. “Once they canceled Bass Pro, that was the last nationally recognized event we were going to be playing in and we just need to be prepared, to be honest with you, because we don’t know.”
Mohammed is still with the Greenwood basketball program and no decision has been made. Harmon said the five-star prospect needs to be prepared in the event the season is canceled. A decision will be discussed among family members and with Greenwood head coach Darren Taylor.
Mohammed is going into his senior year, his third with the Greenwood program. He is the No. 11 player in the Class of 2021, according to ESPN, and is one of the best prospects in the country who still hasn’t picked out a college program.
Mohammed’s coming off a junior season that saw him average 30 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. With him leading the way, the Blue Jays are expected to contend for their second state title in three seasons.
“We’re going to have to look at everything,” Harmon said. “In terms of the season, just everything. We have to look at it and determine what’s best for him because if the season gets started and then canceled or there’s a lot of canceled games, then that’s not going to be good for him either.
“But who knows what way this is going to go? It’s going to be crazy. For him, I think the best thing is to see what our options are and what’s going to get him best prepared for next year and going forward.”
Harmon said Mohammed is doing well. During the interview with the News-Leader, Mohammed was at basketball practice with the Blue Jays.
Mohammed’s been in recent contact with Texas, DePaul, Southern Methodist, Indiana, Kansas State, Georgia and Georgetown. If he chooses to enroll early, they will have to look into who has available scholarships. They aren’t discussing enrolling in a prep school.
“We’re going to think about it for the next couple of weeks,” Harmon said. “We’ll see what the best-case scenario is for him and then we’ll come up with a decision and hopefully we have that in the next week or two and just make a decision.”
Greenwood is scheduled to open its season at the Willard Basketball Classic on Dec. 3. The Blue Jays are still scheduled to be a part of the “Springfield R-12 Winter Classic” — which is a one-time event that will be played in the Tournament of Champions’ place and it will include programs including Kickapoo, DeSmet (St. Louis) and Hartville.
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. You can subscribe to his free “Bears Beat” newsletter on News-Leader.com. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.