Shabazz Muhammad: UCLA Star Cleared to Play

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 16, 2012

Shabazz Muhammad has reportedly been cleared to play for UCLA, according to Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times.

Holmes tweeted on Friday:

Am told that Shabazz Muhammad (@phenom15balla) has been cleared.

— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) November 16, 2012


The NCAA released a statement on Friday, explaining the situation:

The NCAA and UCLA have resolved the eligibility case of Shabazz Muhammad. UCLA acknowledged amateurism violations occurred and asked the NCAA on Friday afternoon to reinstate Muhammad. The university required the student-athlete to miss 10 percent of the season (three games) and repay approximately $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA agreed the actions taken by the university were sufficient. Because Muhammad has already sat out three games, he is now eligible to compete.

Muhammad, the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2012 class, according to ESPN, was declared ineligible by the NCAA last week for violating "amateurism rules." The NCAA claimed that Muhammad accepted payment from financial adviser Ben Lincoln for travel and lodging for three unofficial visits to North Carolina and Duke during the recruiting process.

Now, after being cleared, the youngster figures to add a formidable punch to the Bruins offense, which has averaged 88.7 points per game in the young season, 24th in the nation. 

Most of UCLA's offense has come from its No. 4 recruit this year, freshman guard Jordan Adams. Adams has averaged 24.0 points on 56 percent shooting this season, helping the Bruins off to a 3-0 start. He dropped 25 points on James Madison in UCLA's 100-70 victory on Thursday.

While the Bruins have made it unscathed so far, they have yet to face a ranked opponent.


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