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Larry Drew II
UCLA's next game will mark one of the most highly anticipated debuts in college basketball, as freshman Shabazz Muhammad will hit for the floor for the Bruins as they meet Georgetown in a Legends Classic semifinal at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night.
The No. 13 Bruins (3-0) will finally have Muhammad, considered by many to be the No. 1 recruit in his class. The 6-foot-6 swingman was declared eligible by the NCAA on Friday after being penalized for accepting travel and lodging during unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.
The NCAA ruled that the Bruins' own sanctions of Muhammad, which included repaying $1,600 in impermissible benefits to go along with the suspension, were sufficient.
"I am excited to be able to play for UCLA starting next Monday," Muhammad said in a statement. "My family and friends were very supportive of me throughout this process and I couldn't have gone through this without them."
Muhammad, the MVP of the McDonald's All-American game, joins an already talented UCLA freshman class that includes fellow McDonald's All-Americans Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker. Another newcomer, Jordan Adams, leads the Bruins with 24.0 points per game and became the first freshman in school history to score 20-plus in each of his first three contests.
Adams had 25 points in 22 minutes of a 100-70 win over James Madison on Thursday.
The Bruins shot 59.0 percent in looking much better than they did in their previous contest, an 80-79 overtime victory over UC Irvine last Monday.
Sophomore Norman Powell had a career-high 27 points and shot 10 of 14 against James Madison.
"We came out lackadaisical and played poorly the last game," said Larry Drew II, the North Carolina transfer who is averaging 6.0 points and 8.3 assists. "We definitely picked it up and showed the kind of team we can be."
Georgetown (2-0) didn't look overly impressive in its two wins, defeating Liberty 68-59 on Wednesday after a 61-55 victory over Duquesne last Sunday.
Sophomore forward Greg Whittington scored a career-high 18 against the Flames.
"With all due respect to Liberty, we got some games coming up, and we're preparing for some teams that are a little bit better than them," forward Nate Lubick said. "We use these games to find ourselves, to find what this team's identity is going to be."
The return of Otto Porter could speed up that process. The forward sat out against Liberty because of concussion-like symptoms but coach John Thompson III said he could play against UCLA. Porter averaged 9.7 points as a freshman last season.
UCLA has won both meetings with Georgetown, the most recent one coming in 2003. Monday's winner will play No. 1 Indiana or Georgia on Tuesday.
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UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is eligible to play for the Bruins men's basketball immediately, the NCAA announced Friday.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Las Vegas who was listed by many as the nations top high men's basketball school recruit, is expected to travel with UCLA to New York on Saturday for its games in the Legends Classic tournament.
Muhammad is expected...
NEW YORK The NCAA is investigating a conversation pertaining to UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad that a Memphis, Tenn., attorney said she overheard on an Aug. 7 commuter flight.
The attorney, Florence Johnson Raines, said she heard a man who said he was dating "an NCAA attorney" loudly telling people around him that his girlfriend had said Muhammad would never...
The NCAA ruled UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad eligible to play Friday, and the star freshman guard is set to make his Bruins debut Monday night.
The NCAA said Friday that UCLA's sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel...
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Shabazz Muhammad had 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting in 25 minutes in his UCLA debut.
The much-anticipated debut of freshman Shabazz Muhammad couldn't produce a win for UCLA.
Perhaps a matchup with slumping Georgia will.
The 11th-ranked Bruins will try to rebound from their first loss of the season Tuesday night against the Bulldogs in the third-place game of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.
Declared ineligible by the NCAA earlier this month following an investigation...
NEW YORK -- The Shabazz Muhammad Era finally has begun at UCLA -- if you want to call one season an era, that is. But fans expecting one of the nation's most explosive freshmen to live up to the hype in his first career game were disappointed by Muhammad's debut in the Bruins' 78-70 loss to Georgetown on Monday night at the Barclays Center.
Sure, Muhammad, the No. 2...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Markel Starks scored 23 points and Georgetown beat No. 11 UCLA 78-70 in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday night at the Barclays Center, spoiling the college debut of Shabazz Muhammad.
Otto Porter had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Hoyas (3-0), who will face No. 1 Indiana in Tuesday night's championship game. The Hoosiers...
The crowd at the Barclays Center was keeping its eyes on the court as much as possible. The fans were all keeping an eye on Shabazz Muhammad.
When would the heralded freshman from UCLA, who was cleared to play the NCAA just three days ago, enter a college game for the first time?
For history's sake the 6-foot-6 lefty from Las Vegas entered the game against Georgetown with 14...
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