(NEW YORK) –UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad was reinstated by the NCAA on Friday after hearing an appeal from the Bruins.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was ranked as the No. 2 high school player in the country last season but has yet to suit up for No. 13 UCLA.
The NCAA investigated Muhammad and discovered that he received improper benefits in the form of travel expenses and hotel rooms when he made unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.
The family is expected to pay back the $1,600 for the travel expenses and Muhammad will be eligible to play immediately. The three games he missed to start the season will serve as his suspension.
The Bruins are 3-0 this season and take on Georgetown in the Legends Classic in New York on Monday.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire