UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson has been cleared by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Bruins for the start of the 2012-13 season, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
Anderson, a 6-8 point forward, was under investigation as the NCAA looked for evidence of an alleged connection between Anderson’s father, Kyle Sr., and NBA agent Thad Foucher.
If the report holds true, that means UCLA’s eligibility issues are half over, as they still wait on the news of fellow freshman Shabazz Muhammad.
Muhammad is under investigation after allegations surfaced that he may have taken impermissible benefits during his recruitment.
The Bruins will begin the season ranked No. 13 in preseason polls, though a good deal of those high expectations are contingent upon the eligibility rulings of Anderson and Muhammad.
UCLA opens the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State on Nov. 9 to begin its 2012-13 season.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_
Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.
The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.
Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.
Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.
Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.
Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.