Shabazz Muhammad, the high-rated freshman on UCLA's basketball team, is expected to stay behind when the Bruins travel to China for an exhibition tour next week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The NCAA is investigating the circumstances of Muhammad's recruitment and that process is unlikely to be finished before the team leaves Los Angeles for Beijing on Aug. 22, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter because of the inquiry. Muhammad would remain behind and attend classes, the person said.
UCLA officials had no immediate comment Tuesday night, and Coach Ben Howland did not return a text message seeking comment.
NCAA officials have spoken with Muhammad but have yet to speak with his family, the person said.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 swingman, is the crown jewel of UCLA's freshman class, which has been ranked second in the nation behind Kentucky's. Fellow freshmen Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker will make their debuts for the Bruins in three exhibition games on the China trip.
The NCAA is looking into whether Muhammad received improper benefits for unofficial trips to schools from Benjamin Lincoln, the brother of an assistant coach at Muhammad's high school, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, CBSsports.com reported in February.