When news of Shabazz Muhammad's college decision reached the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house on the UCLA campus, there was jubilation.
"Everybody was screaming down the halls," Kumar Nadhan, a psychobiology student, said Thursday of the reaction to one of the nation's top two recruits announcing that he would become a Bruin.
Dan Chikanov, another psychobiology student, said his roommates "were jumping up and down and we were all chanting 'Sha-bazz!' for five minutes straight."
Chikanov also heard similar chants from nearby fraternities — which is saying something. "I'm hard of hearing," said Chikanov, who uses a cochlear implant, "but I could hear that."
Outside Westwood, there were some whispers.
Why would a player said to be NBA-ready pick a team that missed the NCAA tournament twice in the last three years, the skeptics wondered. Did the family's ties to Adidas play a role in Muhammad's choosing a program affiliated with the shoe company?