|UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad is still waiting to hear from the NCAA regarding his eligibility. (US Presswire)|
Incoming UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is ineligible for the team's preseason trip to China while the NCAA investigates potential improper benefits during his recruitment, Tracy Pierson of Scout.com reported Tuesday.
The Bruins leave for China on August 22 for three exhibition games.
CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish reported in February that the NCAA had contacted schools recruiting Muhammad to be aware of financial dealings that could compromise his amateur status. According to February's report, the NCAA was exploring connections between Muhammad's family and financial advisors Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh.
Specifically, sources said Lincoln paid for two of Muhammad's unofficial visits during his recruitment, while Kavanagh helped fund Muhammad's AAU team, Dream Vision.
Ron Holmes, Muhammad's father, confirmed both statements to CBSSports.com back in February, believing no wrongdoing occurred in either instance.
On the court, Muhammad – the No. 2-ranked recruit in the class of 2012 – has been dealing with a high ankle sprain. He is the main reason for optimism in Westwood this season.