Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 8/14/12

Shabazz Muhammad was the consensus top basketball recruit in the country for 2012, and UCLA pulled off a huge recruiting coup when they landed the 6’6″ shooting guard. But now Muhammad has been ruled ineligible for a preseason exhibition tour in China with the Bruins because of an ongoing NCAA probe.

The NCAA is reportedly investigating financial dealings between Muhammad’s family and certain friends. NCAA officials have spoken with Muhammad but not his family. UCLA made the decision to leave the talented freshman behind while the investigation is ongoing.

The investigation centers around whether Muhammad received any improper benefits that helped him pay for unofficial visits to schools. Those benefits would have likely come from Benjamin Lincoln, who is the brother of one of Muhammad’s high school coaches. Benjamin is the brother of Geoff Lincoln, an assistant at Bishop Gorman High School (in Las Vegas) where Muhammad played.

The NCAA is also looking into financial help given to Muhammad’s summer team by Ken Kavanagh, a New York-based financial planner. Kavanagh helped fund the Las Vegas-based Dream Vision, which was the team Muhammad played for. Kavanagh claims he is a longtime friend of the family.

To be clear, there is no indication that UCLA did anything improper and the school made the right move in having Muhammad sit out the trip to China. So far the Bruins have done everything right. That said, the NCAA did inform every team recruiting Muhammad of the investigation back in February, so the school may have been expecting this.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

RB signed by Chiefs day after tweeting them highlight video

Evgeni Malkin had real penguins at his birthday party

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

Padres don’t sell at trade deadline, reportedly because AJ Preller still believes in team

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Galette

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker