The nation’s top recruit, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, was declared ineligible by the NCAA to play in the Bruins’ season opener tonight. It is not yet determined how long he will have to sit the bench before UCLA can see their star player shine.
NCAA’s investigation revealed that Muhammad violated recruiting rules by accepting travel and lodging benefits from a friend during his unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina. In general, the rules allow family members to provide such benefits, but not mere friends.
Anything more than a three game ban would not bode well for the Bruins, who face Georgetown in their fourth game and Georgia or Indiana in their fifth.