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UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad injures shoulder

Freshman swingman suffers the injury at practice and school officials are awaiting the results of an MRI exam. Muhammad has not been cleared to play for the Bruins because the NCAA is examining his eligibility.

October 25, 2012|By Chris Foster
  • UCLA Bruins guard forward Shabazz Muhammad takes questions from the media at the UCLA campus on Oct. 10, 2012.
UCLA Bruins guard forward Shabazz Muhammad takes questions from the media… (Damian Dovarganes / Associated…)

UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad injured his right shoulder during basketball practice Wednesday, another potentially serious obstacle for a player considered among the most talented freshmen in the nation.

The extent of the injury is unknown. UCLA officials are awaiting the results of an MRI exam.

Muhammad, who at 6 feet 6 can play shooting guard or forward, is part of a UCLA recruiting class that scouting services ranked as high as second nationally.

Guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams and post player Tony Parker are the other freshman members of the class. But Muhammad and Anderson have not been cleared by the NCAA, which is examining their eligibility.

Investigators are looking into financial assistance Muhammad received from a man the family has said is a longtime friend. They have also asked about money that a financial planner gave to Muhammad's summer team in Las Vegas.

With Anderson, the NCAA appears to be focusing on the relationship between his father and an NBA agent.

chris.foster@latimes.com

Twitter: @cfosterlatimes

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