Two UCLA Bruin players have yet to receive amateurism certification from the NCAA, Peter Yoon of ESPNLosAngeles.com is reporting.
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero released a statement Monday, saying:
"Currently, there are two men's basketball student-athletes who have not yet received final amateurism certification from the NCAA. UCLA will not, and cannot, endanger the privacy of our student-athletes or the confidentiality of the process by providing a more specific response at this time to these reports."
But Yoon stated that:
"The reports, citing unnamed sources, stated that the NCAA was investigating the eligibility of freshmen Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker as well as the previously confirmed investigation into Shabazz Muhammad. All three are part of a recruiting class ranked No. 1 in the nation."
The NCAA website addresses the amateurism certification process by stating:
"Most college-bound student-athletes who complete the amateurism certification process are certified. Less than 1 percent of student-athletes seeking amateur certification receive any sort of amateurism-related penalty. Every year, approximately 180,000 college-bound student-athletes register to have their academic credentials and amateurism status certified. Over 90 percent of those who register are automatically certified. About seven percent every year do not meet the academic standards of the division in which they want to compete and about 600 college-bound student-athletes are not certified because of amateurism issues."
The types of issues that are generally reviewed in this process are (1) benefits from an agent or prospective agent, (2) salary for participating in athletics or prize money, or (3) tryouts, practices or competition with professionals or professional teams.
If Muhammad, Anderson and Parker are not cleared to play, the 2012-13 Bruins will be short-handed from a talent standpoint. More importantly, this would also send further shock waves through the UCLA men's basketball program that is trying to get beyond a chaotic and messy 2011-12 season.