Report: UCLA's Kyle Anderson cleared to compete

One down, one to go. Kyle Anderson has been cleared to play for UCLA, while Shabazz Muhammad still waits. (Getty Images)

The NCAA has finally cleared UCLA's Kyle Anderson to compete for the Bruins as a freshman, the school formally announced Wednesday afternoon.

This development comes nine days before the team's season opener.

"The NCAA has found no evidence to substantiate claims of violations in [Anderson's] case," said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Anderson is a 6-foot-9 guard with unique abilities and whose amateur status had been in question because of a relationship with NBA agent Thad Foucher. The Anderson family insisted all along the relationship predates the New Jersey native's maturation into a nationally heralded recruit and thus should be viewed as a pre-existing relationship that doesn't affect Anderson's status. Whether that's true is debatable, but the argument apparently worked. Anderson will be available when UCLA plays Indiana State on Nov. 9.

Now the Bruins wait for Shabazz Muhammad news.

Muhammad is UCLA's other future lottery pick whose status remains undetermined -- also because of questions surrounding his amateur status. How the NCAA handles that case could figure into the national title race. Either way, the 6-foot-5 wing is nursing a shoulder injury suffered in practice last week, meaning it's doubtful he'd be able to play against Indiana State even if the NCAA clears him before tipoff.

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