UCLA’s Kyle Anderson cleared to play by NCAA
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
There’s one less question mark surrounding the UCLA men’s basketball team, now that reports have surfaced that freshman guard Kyle Anderson has been cleared to play by the NCAA.
UCLA’s Scout.com site and the Los Angeles Times both reported the news midday Wednesday.
Freshman guard Jordan Adams tweeted: They finally FREE’D my bro @KyleAnderson5 from the NCAA ayyy lol
The NCAA’s investigation of Anderson focused on the relationship between Anderson’s father and NBA agent Thad Foucher, according to the Times. Scout.com ranked Anderson fourth in the 2012 recruiting class, and Anderson is expected to contribute immediately for the Bruins this season.
The news that Anderson is eligible is huge for UCLA, particularly as the program awaits word about the NCAA investigation into yet another top recruit, Shabazz Muhammad, Muhammad, who is out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury, is being investigated by the NCAA to see whether he violated amateurism guidelines related to financial compensation.
The Bruins are 13th in the preseason USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. UCLA opens its season Nov. 9 against Indiana State.