UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad sidelined with high ankle sprain

ARLINGTON, Va. -- UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is still "about a week away" from returning to the court after suffering a high ankle sprain a little more than two weeks ago, Bruins coach Ben Howland told CBSSports.com on Saturday.

"It was our first workout," Howland said in between games here at the Nike Global Challenge. "Actually, we were finished working out, and [the players] started playing five-on-five. He sprained his ankle playing then. He's been out ever since."

CBSSports.com ranked Muhammad as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2012. He's the star of UCLA's heralded recruiting class that features three other Top 75 recruits -- Kyle Anderson (No. 3), Tony Parker (No. 21) and Jordan Adams (No. 71). For what it's worth, Howland said Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 guard from Las Vegas, was terrific in his lone workout while displaying all the tools that have made him a projected lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

"Shabazz has such a good motor," Howland said. "He got every offensive rebound."

Howland said he expects both Muhammad and Anderson, who had thumb surgery in late April, to be healthy enough to compete with the Bruins during next month's trip to China. The 10th-year coach with three Final Fours added that he has no update on any possible eligibility issues with Muhammad, whose father acknowledged to CBSSports.com in February a connection to two financial advisors that could violate NCAA rules.

"Compliance is handling that," Howland said.

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