Originally posted 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.

TEAMS:
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kyrie Irving has no regrets about cursing at heckler who taunted him about LeBron

Tennessee's Rashaan Gaulden flips double bird to 'Bama fans, down by 22 points

WATCH: Adrian Killins injured after crashing into goat bucket

Twitter reacts to Adrian Killins leaving everyone in dust on 79-yard TD

Kristaps Porzingis wants to see changes from Knicks before committing long-term

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jimbo Fisher gets into it with fan holding derogatory sign after loss

WATCH: Longhorns coach trucked during sideline celebration

Cam Newton violates NFL rules by refusing to speak with media all week

Jemele Hill says she ‘deserved’ ESPN suspension, stands by comments

Six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 7

Kevin Durant would ‘love’ to make All-Defensive Team

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Bruins 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 Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

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