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UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad will not travel with team to China as NCAA continues investigation

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UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad will not make a scheduled overseas trip to China with the Bruins this month as the NCAA continues to investigate his connections to two financial planners that could impact his amateur status and eligibility at UCLA, Tracy Pierson of Scout.com is reporting.

CBSSports.com first brought to light that the NCAA was investigating Muhammad and alleged financial dealings involving financial planners Ken Kavanagh and Benjamin Lincoln in relation to Muhammad’s unofficial visits and his former AAU team, Dream Vision Foundation.

Muhammad will remain in California when the team leaves for China on Aug. 23. He also, along with fellow top recruit Kyle Anderson, is working back from an injury suffered during the off-season.

UCLA begins its three-game swing in the Far East with a game at Tsinghua University on Aug. 25. The Bruins will then take on Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Aug. 27 before finishing out their trip with a game against the Shanghai Sharks, a professional team, on Aug. 28.

Muhammad, a dynamic scorer, is part of what is possibly the best recruiting class in the country, alongside the Top-5 prospect Anderson of Jersey City, N.J., Jordan Adams of powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.), and big man Tony Parker.

UCLA finished last season with an overall record of 19-14 overall this past season, including 11-7 in the Pac-12.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: