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UCLA Freshman Shabazz Muhammad Injures Shoulder

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UCLA freshman wing Shabazz Muhammad injured his right (non-shooting) shoulder Wednesday at practice and will get an MRI this evening, UCLA head coach Ben Howland confirmed to

“It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary,” Howland said by phone. “He got hit. He was going up and Jordan Adams whacked the ball coming down and hit his arm.

“Sometimes you could have a shoulder injury and you could have your arm pulled back. It wasn’t anything like that. It’s his right shoulder, not his shooting shoulder.”

Howland said Muhammad was slated to have an MRI at 6:30 PCT Wednesday, and that the results would come back to UCLA Thursday.

“It won’t be officially read until [Thursday],” Howland said. “The person who reads this is our person that I totally have confidence in. He will read this in the morning.”

The 6-foot-6 Muhammad is currently being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting illegal benefits but can practice with the team.

He was part of a heralded recruiting class that also included Adams, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.