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NCAA reportedly clears UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson to play for Bruins

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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_

Michigan State transfer Dwaun Anderson eligible to play right away at Wagner

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Michigan State transfer Dwaun Anderson has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play right away at his new school, Wagner, Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance is reporting.

“It’s obviously great news for us,” coach Bashir Mason told the paper. “With Dwaun available it means we can begin establishing our identity as team as soon as practice begins.”

Mason, the 28-year-old first-year coach, is the youngest head coach in the country, inheriting the Wagner program from Dan Hurley after he left to take the same position at Rhode Island.

He now welcomes Anderson, who won Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan in 2011.

Anderson did not enroll at Michigan state in the fall of 2011, saying in a statement that he wanted to focus on family after the death of his mother.

“I’ve been in counseling as I attempt to cope with these issues, and I plan to undergo further counseling,” he said. “I want to get all my personal issues in order before moving on to the next stage of my life.”

The 6-4, 200-pound guard brings athleticism and has a chance to excel at the NEC level.

“It’s like a cloud has been lifted from the beginning of the season,” Mason told the paper. “We know what a good person Dwaun is, and he’s made a terrific adjustment to being here at Wagner as a student. Now we’ll see how he takes to the coaching.”

Wagner is coming off a 25-6 season, including 15-3 in the NEC.

Photo Credit: Wagner Athletics

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