Just because blue-chip freshman Shabazz Muhammad can not accompany the UCLA basketball team to China doesn't mean that he will be taking the week off.
Muhammad is waiting to hear about his eligibility as the NCAA tries to determine if he received improper benefits from the brother of a high school assistant coach and a financial planner before arriving in Westwood.
While the Bruins play three games against college and pro teams in Beijing and Shanghai over the next seven days, he will remain on campus, taking classes and rehabilitating an injured ankle.
NCAA rules allow a player to participate in team activities for 45 days while awaiting word on eligibility, Coach Ben Howland said. The team decided to hold Muhammad out until the start of school in late September.