As college basketball practices began on Friday, the UCLA Bruins had both Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson working with the team. Unfortunately for the Bruins, their amount of time with Muhammad and Anderson may be limited in the coming months as they await the NCAA's ruling on potential rules violations.
Both players have 45 days to practice with the team, and if the NCAA has not made a ruling by then, they are forced to stop participating in games and practices with the team. As the L.A. Times reported, "worry" and "frustration" are beginning to set in throughout Westwood. Many around the program are staying quiet during the investigation, but Muhammad's former AAU coach, Clayton Williams, denied the potential infractions in an exclusive interview with the Times:
"I was there every game. I was around. No agents, no this, no that."
The issue with Muhammad is whether or not he and his family received extra benefits through various supporters involved in his recruitment. Many have raised eyebrows when the 18-year-old forward was seen with expensive jewelry and a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. All of that said, there is still no concrete evidence of any wrongdoing by either the Muhammad family or the Bruins.
As for Anderson, here is what the Times reported:
With point guard Anderson, the NCAA reportedly is examining a connection to Thad Foucher, an agent who works with Arn Tellem for the L.A.-based Wasserman Media Group. Casey Wasserman, the company's founder, is a prominent UCLA booster.