SAN FRANCISCO — While it awaits an NCAA ruling on one of the nation’s top recruits, the UCLA Bruins were happy to have another star freshman cleared this week.
Guard Kyle Anderson was cleared to play in games after a four-month NCAA investigation.
“We’re very pleased that it’s been resolved, and that Kyle’s now eligible to compete a week from tomorrow night,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said during the afternoon session of Pac-12 Media Day in SoMa.
Anderson and North Carolina transfer Larry Drew played at the same time during the Bruins’ trip to China.
“It’s really good when they’re in there together ... I’ve always loved playing two point guards on the floor,” Howland said.
UCLA — predicted to finish No. 2 in the league by media members, one vote behind the Arizona Wildcats — is still awaiting word on wing Shabazz Muhammad, who is being investigated because of family ties to a financial adviser.
Muhammad injured his shoulder last week, and is expected to miss as long as one month.
Howland said he is “optimistic” about Muhammad’s case, and that UCLA has been “as cooperative as possible” with the NCAA.
A timetable, though, left him reaching for answers.
“I can’t tell you how long or when,” he said. “I don’t know that.”