The eligibility of star freshman Shabazz Muhammad is looking less promising, according to sources close to the situation.
There are also new developments: the NCAA is investigating potential recruiting violations in regard to two of Muhammad's freshman teammates, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker, which could endanger their eligibility as well.
The NCAA has been investigating Muhammad, the 6-foot-5 small forward from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the national class of 2012 according to Scout.com, since last spring. The charges involve Muhammad allegedly receiving improper benefits in his recruitment from boosters of his AAU program. The investigation has been focused on whether flights were purchased for some of Muhammad's recruiting visits.
BruinReportOnline.com has now learned that there is an NCAA investigation regarding allegations of violations involving Anderson and Parker. No details of the allegations were available, or whether they're related to the existing investigation into Muhammad. Sources close to the situation have indicated another college basketball program "turned in" evidence of violations in the recruitments of Muhammad, Anderson and Parker.
BruinReportOnline.com is unaware if UCLA is specifically named in the alleged violations.
Muhammad was deemed ineligible to participate in UCLA's recent exhibition games in China because of the NCAA investigation into his relationship with the AAU booster and the improper acceptance of flights was on-going.
Despite the new allegations, Anderson, the 6-foot-8 forward from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony, and Parker, the 6-foot-8 center from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove, were allowed to go to China. Parker didn't participate because of an injury.
Anderson was ranked the No. 4 overall prospect in 2012 while Parker was ranked No. 20.
Sources are indicating that, with these developments in the NCAA investigation, Muhammad's eligibility for the upcoming season has become more unknown. Reliable sources had speculated that, as a result of the investigation into whether he had flights purchased for him, Muhammad could have been sanctioned by the NCAA to miss the first couple of games of the 2012-2013 season. Sources close to the investigation are now indicating the punishment could be more severe.
BruinReportOnline.com has heard no details as to the extent of eligibility ramifications in regard to Anderson and Parker.