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Report: Shabazz Muhammad cleared to play at UCLA

Nov 16, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

Shabazz Muhammad

According to Los Angeles Times reporter Baxter Holmes, UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad has been cleared to play by the NCAA.

Holmes, who broke the news through his Twitter account, had previously reported that UCLA’s hearing with the NCAA regarding Muhammad’s eligibility had ended around noon on Friday.

The NCAA released a statement regarding Muhammad’s reinstatement:

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 6-foot-6 Muhammad has already missed UCLA’s three games and will be allowed to play immediately, which will be Nov. 19 against Georgetown.

Last Friday, Muhammad was ruled ineligible for amateurism rules violation. The NCAA had accused Muhammad of accepting travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to two schools.

According to the facts of the case, which were agreed upon by the university and the NCAA staff, Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during unofficial visits to member schools. NCAA rules, which member schools create, state that student-athletes cannot receive benefits based on their athletic ability. NCAA amateurism rules are in place so that when student-athletes step onto the court, they are competing against other student-athletes who have met the same standards.

UCLA is currently 3-0, but adding Muhammad is clearly Ben Howland’s biggest win of the season. Muhammad, one of the nation’s top recruits, was part of UCLA’s top-ranked recruiting class, alongside point forward Kyle Anderson.

The Bruins now add another scorer, although fellow freshman Jordan Adams, has been impressive so far, averaging 24 points per game. Muhammad is an explosive scorer with a great motor. He has the ability to force his way into the lane and finish above the rim.

Muhammad should make his debut against Georgetown on Monday. The game will take place in Brooklyn.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

  1. imforbigblue - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    The NCAA is a joke who can’t make up there mind for nothing. Now he has to pay $1600 back when he didnt have the money in the first place for the trips so where is he going to get it now?

    • eugenesaxe - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      I’m sure someone will illegally give him the money.

  2. iamjimmyjack - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Saweet.

  3. eugenesaxe - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Sooo, he broke the known rules, but gets to play anyway? Tell me again why they have rules they don’t bother to enforce evenly on everyone.

  4. 93warchant - Nov 16, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    they need him, but can somebody, anybody tell u.c.l.a to cut bait with that fat boy slob. jeez he’s embarrassing.

  5. 6stn - Nov 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Has this student-athlete declared a major?

  6. omniusprime - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Great news for us UCLA Bruins basketball fans. About time the assinine NCAA made a good decision not to wreck some young man’s life for breaking some idiotic NCAA rules. Now UCLA has a chance to do very well this season, it’s been too long since UCLA has fielded a great team. Now I can only hope the stinking NBA doesn’t go raiding the Pac-12 again taking away all the great young talent and making the Pac-12 a joke. Go UCLA!!!

    • jimbo75025 - Nov 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Yes, it is all the NCAA’s fault. This young man broke the same rules that pretty much everyone else had to adhere to. I also loved the statement from the “attorney” of the family who said that the young man looked forward to “going to school”-great, let him commit to four years then. We all know this kid is a one year wonder who will bolt as soon as he can.

      • manchestermiracle - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Oh, dear, certainly wouldn’t want those players emulating Kentucky now, would we?

        The NCAA “investigation” was a witch hunt, exposed when their lead attorney’s boyfriend was overheard on a plane bragging that the “investigators” had decided to take him down before the “investigation” had done much, if any, work. Like, back in August. So, yes, this is in fact on the NCAA’s shoulders because they obviously don’t enforce their own rules evenly or fairly.

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