UCLA Clears Muhammad, Anderson in Gucci-Gate

UCLA has cleared freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and former St. Anthony star Kyle Anderson in Gucci-gate.

The two freshmen were seen wearing designer Gucci backpacks following UCLA’s 84-73 upset of No. 6 Arizona Thursday night.

The Gucci Website shows backpacks that go from $990-$1350.

That triggered a report from Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, which, in turn, triggered an investigation by UCLA Compliance.

“The UCLA Athletics Compliance Office has confirmed that men’s basketball players Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson received items in question as gifts from their respective families and the matter is closed,” the statement read. To read more of this story, click here

Anderson-Muhammad Chemistry Will be Key for UCLA Going Forward

BROOKLYN — UCLA freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson are friends, roommates and teammates.

Just rookies, they have both already suffered through injuries,  been investigated by the NCAA and subsequently cleared.

They have an obvious chemistry off the court dating to their high school days, and their chemistry on the court could go a long way in determining how far the No. 11 Bruins go this year.

So one play early in UCLA’s 60-56 victory over Georgia Tuesday night in the Legends Classic consolation game could offer a window into what the duo — one a supremely skilled passer with great vision, the other a born scorer who can put the ball in the basket a number of different ways — can accomplish down the road. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Anderson Sr. Says Shabazz Is Best Player in Country

Kyle Anderson Sr. says that when Shabazz Muhammad makes his season debut Monday night against Georgetown at the Barclays Center, the nation will see the best college basketball player in the land.

He also questions how UCLA head coach Ben Howland is using his son, Kyle Anderson Jr., a natural point guard who has played on the wing in the Bruins’ first three games.

“Watching [Muhammad] play, there are times when he looks like the best player in the country,” Anderson Sr., a former Division 1 assistant coach and current AAU coach with the Playaz Basketball Club, told SNY.tv on Sunday.

“I don’t think there’s anyone — at his best — that’s bettter than him now.” To read more of this story, click here

UCLA’s Anderson Injures Wrist

UCLA freshman guard Kyle Anderson injured his right wrist in Tuesday night’s game and is expected to undergo X-rays and/or an MRI today, his father told SNY.tv.

“Kyle injured his right wrist last night while diving out of bounds in the first half [in No. 13 UCLA's 80-79 OT win over UC-Irvine],” Kyle Anderson Sr. said. “He came back in the first half after leaving in obvious pain.

“He will have X-rays and/or an MRI today.”

Anderson finished with 10 points, 7 rebound and 0 assists. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Anderson Cleared at UCLA

By ADAM ZAGORIA and JOSH NEWMAN

As previously reported by SNY.tv, UCLA freshman guard Kyle Anderson was cleared on Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA and can begin play with the Bruins, who open Nov. 9 with Indiana State in Westwood.

Late Wednesday afternoon, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero released the following statement.

“UCLA was informed by the NCAA earlier today that freshman guard Kyle Anderson is eligible to play this season, and that the NCAA has found no evidence to substantiate claims of violations in his case. I am grateful to all those who were involved in the process. We are looking forward to opening our season on November 9 against Indiana State at New Pauley Pavilion.” To read more of this story, click here

Hurley Hoping Kyle Anderson Gets Cleared

Hall of Fame St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said he hopes UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson is cleared by the NCAA and  is able to compete this season.

The 6-foot-9 Anderson led St. Anthony to back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles and a 65-0 record in his two seasons at the school. Among other things, the NCAA is looking into Anderson’s relationship with NBA agent Thad Foucher, who has a preexisting relationship with Kyle Anderson Sr. from their AAU days.

“I read about it, kind of read as much as I could about it and hope that it all gets resolved quickly because we’re going to try to see him over the Barclays Center in a few weeks [when UCLA plays in the Legends Classic Nov. 19-20],” Hurley told SNY.tv Thursday. To read more of this story, click here

Father of UCLA Guard, NBA Agent Have Preexisting Relationship

Kyle Anderson Sr., the father of UCLA freshman guard Kyle Anderson, and NBA agent Thad Foucher have a preexisting relationship that dates back about a decade, sources told SNY.tv.

Anderson Sr. has known Foucher since the early 2000s through the AAU circuit, and Foucher met the son, known as “Lil Kyle,” when he was a youngster through his father. Before becoming an agent with the Wasserman Media Group, Foucher served as head coach of the New Orleans Jazz AAU Team from 1990-1998, according to his Wasserman bio.

The L.A. Times reported Saturday that the NCAA’s investigation into the 6-foot-9 Anderson and 6-5 wing Shabazz Muhammad is ongoing. In Anderson’s case, the NCAA is looking into the connection between him and Foucher, who now reps Anthony Davis, among others, and works with Arn Tellem. Casey Wasserman is a UCLA graduate and well-known Bruins booster. To read more of this story, click here