Top incoming Freshman Shabazz Muhammad made waves when he decided to take his talents to UCLA. UCLA isn’t a school that many pegged as the front runner to land him, so it kind of raised an eyebrow even though the school has a very rich basketball history. They just haven’t been good recently.
Did Muhammad receive improper benefits to join the Bruins? Who knows, but he has been deemed ineligible for the teams exhibition games in China for the time being while an investigation is under way:
Shabazz Muhammad, the centerpiece of UCLA’s decorated recruiting class, will not travel with the team for its exhibition tour of China next week as a result of an ongoing NCAA investigation, Scout.com’s Tracy Pierson reported Tuesday.
At issue are financial dealings between Muhammad’s family and financial advisers that could compromise the shooting guard’s amateur status. CBSSports.com reported earlier this year that family friends and financial advisers Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh paid for two of Muhammad’s unofficial visits and helped fund his AAU team.