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Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2012

NCAA probes UCLA hoop freshmen


LOS ANGELES — UCLA said two of its freshmen basketball recruits have not yet received final amateurism certification from the NCAA and is disputing what it calls "misleading and inaccurate public reports" regarding its incoming class.

A Scout.com report said freshmen Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker are being investigated by the NCAA for potential basketball recruiting violations.

Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has also been the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation involving alleged improper benefits he received in his recruitment from boosters of his AAU program. The forward from Las Vegas was one of the nation's mostly highly sought-after recruits last spring when he chose UCLA over Kentucky and Duke.

Muhammad didn't accompany the Bruins on their exhibition trip to China last month because of the ongoing NCAA investigation into his relationship with the AAU booster and the alleged improper acceptance of airline flights for some of his recruiting visits. The school has only said that Muhammad, his family and UCLA are working with the NCAA during the process.

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