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Kruger makes a wise trip to the tennis courts

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Justin M. Bowen

UNLV head basketball coach Lon Kruger watches Asia Muhammad play Heidi El-Tabakh on Wednesday during the Lexus of Las Vegas Open at Red Rock Country Club. Muhammad won the first set 6-0 and won the match after El-Tabakh could not continue two games into the second set.

UNLV hoops coach Lon Kruger made a wise visit to the Lexus of Las Vegas Open today at Red Rock Country Club.

Right now, Kruger is watching ace Asia Muhammad play Heidi El-Tabakh. He is sitting next to and chatting with Ron Holmes, Asia's father who approached Kruger.

This is significant because Asia's brother is Shabazz Muhammad, the standout 6-foot-4 sophomore forward for Bishop Gorman High who is being courted by some of the top college basketball programs in the land.

Think recruiting isn't a 24-7, 365-day-a-year business? Think again. Recruiting is like shaving, someone once said. Take a day off and SOMEONE will notice.

The recruiting service Rivals.com rates Muhammad as the No. 8 prospect in the country for the Class of 2012, and the Rebels, Arizona, San Diego State and USC reportedly have offered him scholarships. Arizona State, Kansas and UCLA are also on his wish list.

After Asia's victory, in which she took the first set 6-0 and El-Tabakh retired, from sickness, when trailing 2-0 in the second set, Holmes introduced his daughter to Kruger.

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