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NCAA rules UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad eligible
The NCAA said Friday that UCLA’s sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.
“I am excited to be able to play for UCLA starting next Monday,” Muhammad said in a statement released by the school. “My family and friends were very supportive of me throughout this process and I couldn’t have gone through this without them.”
“We are extremely grateful that this matter has come to a conclusion,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “I want to recognize that a lot of long hours and tireless effort were put into this process by staff members from UCLA and the NCAA, as well as by Shabazz Muhammad’s family.
“This entire process has been challenging on many fronts, but we believe strongly in the principles of fairness, integrity and due process.”
Muhammad led Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas to three Nevada Class AAAA titles, averaging 29.4 points and 10.1 rebounds last season as a senior. He was the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year and the MVP in the McDonald’s All-American game.
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