Report: NCAA investigating UCLA hoops recruits
By Josh Barnett, USA TODAY
The eligibility of star recruit Shabazz Muhammad might not be the only issue that UCLA’s basketball program has to deal with.
The NCAA also is investigating potential recruiting violations involving fellow freshmen Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker, according to Scout.com’s UCLA web site. The results could impact their eligibility as well.
UCLA’s recruiting class was ranked second in the nation and the Bruins were expected to be highly ranked in preseason polls.
Anderson, a 6-8 forward from Jersey City, N.J., was ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the Class of 2012 by Scot.com. Parker, a 6-8 center from Lithonia, Ga., was ranked No. 20.
According to the report, it is unclear whether the potential violations involving Anderson and Parker are related to the ongoing investigation into Muhammad, the 6-5 guard from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the country. According to the report, another program “turned in evidence of violation in the recruitments of Muhammad, Anderson and Parker.” The specifics were unknown.
Muhammad had been ruled ineligible to participate in UCLA’s tour of China in late August because the NCAA had not yet completed its investigation. At issue is Muhammad’s amateurism because of his ties to two financial advisors. Muhammad has said he expects to be cleared.
Anderson had two double-doubles during the three games in China. Parker did not participate because of an injury, but was eligible and on the trip.