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UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad could play in season opener

UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad could play Friday if cleared by the NCAA. (Sam Forencich/NBA/Getty Images)

UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is recovering from a right shoulder strain and could be ready for the season opener against Indiana State though he has yet to be cleared by the NCAA, reports the Los Angeles Times. 

The highly touted Bruins freshman guard is recovering from a strain in his right shoulder, but he's physically "real close" to being healthy enough to play in UCLA's season opener against Indiana State, Coach Ben Howland said Tuesday.

Muhammad is being investigated by the NCAA because of ties his family and AAU team allegedly had with two financial agents. According to the paper, the NCAA interviewed Muhammad's parents in Las Vegas last week.

Muhammad strained his shoulder Oct. 25 and was expected to miss two to four weeks.

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