Recent NCAA inquiry at UCLA focuses on Anderson, not Parker


The NCAA had been investigating UCLA’s top three recruits for 2012: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker. Now – much to the continued chagrin of the Bruin fanbase — it’s just focusing on the top two. Muhammad and Anderson.

Parker, a 6-9 power forward from Georgia, had been the subject of an inquiry. But, according to Peter Yoon of ESPNLosAngeles.com, Parker has been cleared. That leaves Anderson, a 6-8 point forward from New Jersey pictured with Muhammad, still in limbo. This despite Anderson accompanying UCLA on a recent trip to China where he posted a double-double in an exhibition win against the Shanghai Sharks.

Anderson was reportedly cleared to play in those games.

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero says the term investigation is too strong regarding the incoming freshmen and is simply certifying them to play.

“Recently, there have been misleading and inaccurate public reports regarding the initial-eligibility certification of our men’s basketball team’s incoming class,” Guerrero’s statement said. “Currently, there are two men’s basketball student-athletes who have not yet received final amateurism certification from the NCAA.”

Ah, right. And the NCAA is investigating if those two players can play, right? Right.

Muhammad, perhaps the top player in the class of 2012, did not make the trip because of the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into his relationship with two financial advisors and how his unofficial visits to college campuses were paid.

The three prospects give the Bruins one of the best incoming recruiting classes and could make them a top 10 preseason team. But any uncertainty or unavailability of Anderson or Muhammad would significantly alter that.

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Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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