Source: UCLA’s Anderson Expected to Be Cleared by NCAA
UCLA freshman guard Kyle Anderson is expected to be cleared by the NCAA to play this season, a source with direct knowledge of the case told SNY.tv Thursday.
“The UCLA compliance office is confident that he will be cleared before practice starts Oct. 12,” the source said.
The NCAA looked into the recruitment of the 6-foot-9 point guard in early August, the source said.
Anderson, a McDonald’s All-American out of St. Anthony, was cleared for UCLA’s China trip late last month, and he posted two double-doubles in three games there.
Anderson’s roommate and teammate, Shabazz Muhammad, is also being investigated by the NCAA and has not been cleared. He did not make the trip to China as a result.
Muhammad was injured over the summer and, as Andy Katz of ESPN.com pointed out, he could conceivably play in the team’s opener if the school waits to start his 45-day window when practice begins Oct. 12.
“Currently, there are two men’s basketball student-athletes who have not yet received final amateurism certification from the NCAA,” UCLA AD Dan Guerrero said earlier this month.
“UCLA will not, and cannot, endanger the privacy of our student-athletes or the confidentiality of the process by providing a more specific response at this time to these reports.”
A third UCLA freshman, Tony Parker, was also investigated by the NCAA, but he has since been cleared. He did not play in China due to an injured hamstring.
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