LOS ANGELES -- When Shabazz Muhammad took the floor for the first time as a UCLA Bruin, the weight of the NCAA investigation had been lifted, but the weight he carried became a huge hindrance.
You can call it the "Freshman 15," or in Muhammads case the "Freshman 20."
The heralded freshmans weight was up to 235 pounds from the 215 he was at Bishop Gorman High School as a senior. From a conditioning standpoint, it was the worst shape hed ever been in. Muhammad described getting up and down the floor as hard.
I was really out of shape when we played Georgetown and Georgia, he said.
Between a severe preseason ankle injury, a shoulder injury and the NCAA investigation, Muhammad did a lot of sitting around.
He was also eating a lot which led to him putting on the pounds. Hes since made modifications to his diet.
Ever since Ive been on my own in college, you can eat whatever you want, Muhammad said. I think thats just a maturity thing.
Muhammad did the mature th...