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April 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad announced Tuesday that he will enter the NBA draft. Muhammad has been expected to declare for the draft. He needed to drop his classes by April 19 or he would have been given an incomplete, which would have counted against UCLA's academic progress rate. While he attended Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, Muhammad was considered among the top two high school players in the nation. He spent one hectic season in Westwood. IN-DEPTH: UCLA star's father mapped out a dream The NCAA held up his eligibility, forcing Muhammad to miss the first three games of the season.
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April 7, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Somewhere, lost in the sleaze that all so often defines what college basketball has become, are the overlooked culprits. Mom and Dad. We in the media rant on and on about AAU coaches and summer leagues and slimeball agents (is that redundant?). We harp on coaches who cheat to get the blue-chip player and college administrators who look the other way. We make fun of the NCAA because it is so big and pompous and obtuse and full of itself and makes so much money off the pimpled backs of teenagers.
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April 12, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The top two basketball recruits are already feeling the nation's reactions to their decisions. Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 swingman, reportedly lost 4,000 Twitter followers immediately after he announced Wednesday that he will attend UCLA. Muhammad was also considering Kentucky and Duke. Nerlens Noel, on the other hand, instantly gained over 9,000 followers upon choosing Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse. Noel apparently had 25,475 Twitter followers before the commercial break of his nationally televised announcement.
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April 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
A former agent said he paid former UCLA basketball standout Tyler Honeycutt and his mother in the hopes of securing him as a client. Noah Lookofsky told SB Nation that he doled out $55,800 during a three-year relationship with Honeycutt, starting when he was a player at Sylmar High. He provided SB Nation with copies of receipts, deposit slips, promissory notes, travel itineraries, email exchanges and a deposited check to support his claim. That included paying rent and travel expenses for Lisa Stazel, Honeycutt's mother.
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November 16, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
One of UCLA's biggest wins or losses this season could be determined during a hearing expected Friday. If the NCAA appeals committee sides with UCLA in the hearing concerning Shabazz Muhammad, the currently ineligible freshman basketball player would probably be available to play for the Bruins immediately.  But if the committee denies UCLA's appeal, Muhammad, a highly rated 6-foot-6 swingman from Las Vegas, would have to go through a reinstatement...
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August 21, 2012 | By David Wharton
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.
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November 14, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
The attorney representing UCLA freshman men's basketball player Shabazz Muhammad released a statement Wednesday on behalf of his client, who was declared ineligible by the NCAA for a violation of amateurism issues.  The statement read, in part:  "Shabazz has already been forced to miss a cultural and educational opportunity to travel with the UCLA basketball team to China before the start of the season. He has now been forced to miss two games with the UCLA team and is still being told that he is ineligible to participate.
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June 2, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Shabazz Muhammad 's stock in the NBA draft has tumbled. His father was charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. Oh, and he's still 20 years old. Time to take to the air. Appearing Friday on Jim Rome's radio show , Muhammad discussed ... His dad: “I wasn't really familiar with what happened. I haven't talked to him. I mean, I'm always there for my dad.” His season at UCLA: “There was some stuff that I wasn't really comfortable with. It wasn't a really up-tempo style of play, but I really enjoyed playing there.
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February 5, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA couldn't get its last high-profile basketball player to eat less. The Bruins are trying to get their latest freshman star to eat more. Forward Shabazz Muhammad sat out practice Tuesday and said he was still feeling the effects of the flu that slowed him last week. Muhammad practiced Friday and Saturday but said, “It has really been hard. I just have to make sure I'm eating right and staying healthy.” Muhammad had a chest X-ray on Monday and was to undergo blood tests Tuesday, “just to make sure there is nothing beyond the normal.” The big concern, Howland said, was nutrition.
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January 4, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Shabazz Muhammad, the former Las Vegas prep star and UCLA standout, will be sent to Iowa of the NBA's Development League. Flip Saunders, the team's president of basketball operations, believes the team's No. 1 draft pick last spring needs playing time to improve his game. The club, which is preparing to activate veteran forward Chase Budinger from the injured list, expects Muhammad to rejoin the team in a couple of weeks. “He can play more minutes in those four or five games there than he might all year here,” Saunders said Friday.
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March 28, 2014
Not sure which game Bill Plaschke was watching when he wrote such glowing compliments of UCLA's Sweet 16 performance against Florida. Defense wins games in the tournament, and the Bruins' defense, absent for much of the season, was AWOL as Florida nailed jump shot after jump shot. But at least Steve Alford made great halftime adjustments .... oh, wait. UCLA lost to a less-talented, better-prepared, better-coached team. But they did beat the 12th and 13th seeds to get there. Another Steve-16 for UCLA ... just with a different Steve.
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March 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
A federal judge sentenced the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to 37 months in prison Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas. Ron Holmes pleaded guilty in December in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a $2.5-million mortgage fraud scheme. Holmes, who played basketball at USC from 1981 to 1985, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and must pay $1.7 million in restitution.
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March 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
As Shabazz Muhammad's father is sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas for conspiracy to commit fraud, UCLA faces its most significant men's basketball game since 2008. Muhammad is in the NBA now, but the off-court problems he brought to UCLA last season continue to dog the school. According to a sentencing brief filed last week , Ron Holmes told the FBI he received a loan based on his son's future professional basketball earnings. Estimated at $350,000 in another court document, the loan was Holmes' principal source of income at the time and came from an unnamed "marketing company.
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March 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Like the rest of his teammates, UCLA guard Norman Powell is eager to begin play in the NCAA tournament, where the Bruins will play Tulsa on Friday in San Diego. "We're focused, everyone is talking about this, everyone is eager to go out there and play," Powell said. "This team has put the work in and we're happy to see the work paid off. " A year ago, in their last NCAA tournament moment, the Bruins lost their opening game, 83-63, to Minnesota at the end of a season of turmoil.
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March 17, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Lurking beyond the NCAA tournament horizon for UCLA's basketball team is one very important question: Will they or won't they? Three Bruins will have NBA decisions to make once their tournament run is done. Sophomore Kyle Anderson , sophomore Jordan Adams and freshman Zach LaVine may have already played their last game at Pauley Pavilion. Or one, two or all could be back next season. The early line has Anderson leaving, LaVine a pick 'em and Adams likely to return.
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January 30, 2014 | By Chris Foster
EUGENE, Ore. - There have been times when UCLA sophomore guard Jordan Adams has thought about last season's Pac-12 Conference tournament championship game. The Bruins reached the final riding on Adams' back. They then were manhandled in the title game by Oregon because of his foot. Adams suffered a broken bone on the last play against Arizona in the semifinals and could only watch the final. “I wished I could have played,” Adams said. “We were a hot team. But things happened.” BOX SCORE: UCLA Bruins 70, Oregon Ducks 68 Things happened Thursday.
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August 15, 2012 | By David Wharton
Shabazz Muhammad, the top-rated freshman on UCLA's basketball team, will not travel with the team to play exhibition games in China next week, the university confirmed Wednesday. Muhammad is not allowed to play exhibitions with the Bruins because the NCAA is still investigating the circumstances of his recruitment. Officials are trying to determine if he received improper benefits from the brother of an assistant coach at his high school or from a New York financial planner who helped fund a summer team on which Muhammad played.
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June 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Ron Holmes, father of former UCLA basketball standout Shabazz Muhammad, was put under house arrest by a federal magistrate Friday. Holmes pleaded not guilty to bank fraud and conspiracy charges. He is alleged to have used phony information and straw buyers to obtain and sell homes in the Las Vegas area. The indictment alleged that he took in more than $2.5 million. Holmes will be required to wear a GPS monitor, though he will be allowed to leave the house to coach Asia Muhammad, his daughter who is a professional tennis player, and athletes at a Las Vegas high school.
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January 14, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Wanaah Bail recalls the first time he picked up a basketball. He was in eighth grade and, he said, "I felt at home. " Now a redshirt freshman at UCLA, he looks very much as though he belongs on the court: 6 feet 9 with a massive wingspan and huge hands. It's where he'd like to be too, but he has been forced to be patient. Bail was a dominant power forward at Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated High two years ago. His original college choice was Texas Tech, but he left the Red Raiders' basketball program after three weeks, a casualty of Coach Billy Gillispie's implosion.
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January 4, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Shabazz Muhammad, the former Las Vegas prep star and UCLA standout, will be sent to Iowa of the NBA's Development League. Flip Saunders, the team's president of basketball operations, believes the team's No. 1 draft pick last spring needs playing time to improve his game. The club, which is preparing to activate veteran forward Chase Budinger from the injured list, expects Muhammad to rejoin the team in a couple of weeks. “He can play more minutes in those four or five games there than he might all year here,” Saunders said Friday.
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