Legends Classic Notebook: Muhammad cleared by NCAA

  • 11/18/2012 1:52 pm in

The national profile of this week’s Legends Classic games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was raised on Friday when UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad won an appeal from the NCAA and became eligible immediately.

The Bruins, ranked No. 13 in the latest Associated Press poll, are 3-0 without Muhammad and will play Georgetown in the second game on Monday evening.

According to a statement from the NCAA, Muhammad must sit out 10 percent of the season, which equals the three games he’s already missed, and repay approximately $1,600 in impermissible benefits received.

The addition of Muhammad, the No. 2 player nationally in the class of 2012, gives the Bruins an elite scoring threat in the backcourt to pair with freshman guard Kyle Anderson.

“I am excited to be able to play for UCLA starting next Monday,” Muhammad said in a release issued by the school. “My family and friends were very supportive of me throughout this process and I couldn’t have gone through this without them.”

Georgetown’s Porter a game-time decision, Smith-Rivera shining

After leaving Georgetown’s season-opening 61-55 win over Duquesne on Nov. 11 with a head injury, sophomore forward Otto Porter hasn’t played for the Hoyas and his status for Monday’s game with UCLA is still up in the air.

On a conference call discussing the Legends Classic on Friday, Georgetown coach John Thompson III said that he “hopes to have” Porter available to play.

A preseason all-Big East selection, Porter averaged 9.7 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds as a freshman.

The Hoyas have started 2-0 and are being led in scoring by freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, an Indianapolis native who finished his high school career at Oak Hill Academy.

“He’s got a strong, mature body. And he has just a very good feel for the game,” Thompson III said of Smith-Rivera. “The game comes easy to him. He understands what we’re trying to do. Some guards can just score and some guards can just set others up and I think he has a gift, a nice combination of both where he can get his own but he also makes his teammates better.”

Georgia’s Fox impressed with Ferrell

Much of the national attention Indiana is receiving centers around the presence of Cody Zeller, but freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell has played well through his first three collegiate games.

The Park Tudor product, who was asked to score frequently in high school, has shifted to a playmaker role in Bloomington and is thriving. Ferrell is averaging 5.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game.

Most importantly for the Hoosiers, Ferrell has just six turnovers to go along with his 17 assists.

“I think the thing that is impressive about him is that, I don’t have their stats in front of me, but I think he’s near the 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio,” Fox said on Friday. “He is quick and I think he’s made pretty good decisions. It’s a transition [to the college game], but it’s one that he seems to be, early on, making pretty smoothly.”

Indiana mum on appeals for Mosquera-Perea, Jurkin

UCLA coach Ben Howland acknowledged on Friday morning that school officials and the NCAA would have a conference call on the eligibility status of Muhammad, which prompted questions on the status of appeals for IU freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin.

Both freshman were suspended for nine games back on Nov. 6 and IU said it would appeal the suspensions, but all has been quiet as the Hoosiers have gone 3-0 without Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin.

Associate head coach Tim Buckley, who was filling in for Tom Crean on Friday’s conference call to discuss the Legends Classic, was unable to provide any details on that NCAA appeals status for both players.

“I would not be at liberty to express any of that information nor I am I privy to it,” Buckley said. “That would have to come through Coach [Crean].”

(Photo credit: Associated Press)

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  • How does a guy like this take actual items and money and get cleared to play but our guys or university have done nothing wrong and still can’t play?

  • thrawnjan

    If it wasn’t the NCAA we are talking about, the chances of HPM and PJ getting reinstated could not be better. Muhammad reinstated, likely facing IU on national TV (I think?), would make for some great prime time NCAA bashing if HPM and PJ were not eligible at that time.

    Since it is the NCAA, it is almost more likely that the appeal will end in a longer suspension 😉

  • DannerPerea

    This makes an even bigger mockery of the NCAA than existed before. But I’m not laughing about it.

  • Arch_Puddington

    I am glad Muhammad was re-instated, and sickened that Jurkin and Perea have not been. None of them should have been under scrutiny in the first place. The NCAA’s rules are poorly understood and unevenly enforced, and serve no one but the NCAA itself. Certainly the athletes who generate the revenue are not well-served.

    Whatever. Oladipo and Sheehey will just have to man up and take care of Muhammad without much help behind them. I’m betting they can.

  • DannerPerea

    I didn’t understand that he took items and money…his airfare and hotel accommodations were paid for by a family friend (not his legal guardian).

  • DannerPerea

    I didn’t understand that he took items and money…his airfare and hotel accommodations were paid for by a family friend (not his legal guardian).

  • Brklynhoosier

    I think if Jeremy comes out and plays w/ the kind of smarts and energy he’s exhibited the first 3 games, he could play that role, too.

  • Geoff_85

    I’ll propose a different question then: how does Muhammad accept benefits from someone who is not his legal guardian get less of a suspension than a player who accepts benefits from a man who IS his legal guardian? $250 given to a school 20+ years ago. Absolute. Joke.

  • My quess – ncaa (non-capitalized) On Monday they will be released to play

  • My quess – ncaa (non-capitalized) On Monday they will be released to play

  • Kelin Blab

    Better question how does Duke and UNC get away with giving these perks?

  • Arch_Puddington

    Duke and UNC did not give these perks. A family friend paid for the trips, and there is no indication that the schools had anything to do with it.

  • IUMIKE1

    One of the biggest, if not THE biggest problem with the ncaa ((I refuse to capitalize it from here on out) is, much like the mafia, they answer to no one but themselves. A lot of truth in the old saying, “absolute power absolutely corrupts”. The ncaa does not change a decision unless, 1) it is in their own best interest to do so and THEN it is played off as it just being the right thing to do and then, in addition, they can garner undeserved positive PR, 2) they are threatened by a lot of money behind a bunch of very powerful lawyers that are connected to the right people and thus simultaneously run the risk of creating bad PR, or 3) it has a any kind of chance of hurting their revenue stream.

    Have to believe that there has already been a decision on the appeal handed down and with as tight lipped as everyone has been about it I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that not a single thing was changed. There seems to be several similarities between how Crean & Co. acted when the Guy Marc Michel appeal was turned down and how they are acting with this appeal. IMHO, the mere fact that the ncaa caved, (and caved is really too nice of a term to use), on the SM thing makes them less likely to change anything when it comes to our appeal. I totally hope I’m wrong, but with it being as long as it has been since we appealed, and with nobody saying absolutely anything about it, I’d say it’s highly unlikely anything is going to change.

    Getting slammed harder when you self-report than when you don’t just shows how stupid they are in nutshell. I guess that’s only fair cause the decisions are being made by a bunch of nutjobs.

  • IUMIKE1

    Seen Noah Vonleh’s numbers a while ago but just seen this. Of his 27 pts & 18 boards, 25 of those points and 13 of those boards came in just the second half. WOW !

  • IUMIKE1

    Seen Noah Vonleh’s numbers a while ago but just seen this. Of his 27 pts & 18 boards, 25 of those points and 13 of those boards came in just the second half. WOW !

  • marcusgresham

    My guess is that after the 9th game they’ll reduce the penalty to 4 games. Numbnuts.

  • BLTRED

    dude!!!! That is even worse than a typical booster!!!! Friend of family or friend of “program” no different. not abiding by “parent?guardian” rules like our players followed. BS!!!!!

  • BLTRED

    dude!!!! That is even worse than a typical booster!!!! Friend of family or friend of “program” no different. not abiding by “parent?guardian” rules like our players followed. BS!!!!!

  • SCHoosier

    Folks..if you haven’t seen this guy play..it might take all three of them..to hold Sabazz in check. Bruins also have big guards..another problem for us. Assume Shabazz has been practicing with the team..but that is not game conditions. He might be rusty..but he is a handfull. As I said in an earlier post..time to find out what this Hoosier team is made of.

  • HoosierPat

    The NCAA is ridiculous. They are going to force Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin to sit on the sidelines while Shabazz Muhammad is playing. Just a complete joke.

  • I really think because of this 9 game suspension Indiana should really look at redshirting one of these guys. With the return of Elston late December and the addition of one of these two the minutes will be tough to come by for the lesser developed. That coupled with a guy or two in next years class going to prep would be ideal

  • Ben S.

    Shabazz can only go left, IU should be able to stop him. His first game out of high school is against the #1 team in the nation

  • jmfriedman

    It is almost as if the ncaa has a fishbowl full of “penalties” and they just grab one of them and open it like a fortune cookie to find out what to do. What a crock of crap. I hope like heck they show at least a small amount of consistency here, and frankly, just do what is “right” Their decision is flat out stupid….

  • MisterSlippery

    IU is going to mop the floor with them. Also, Purdoo is junk.

  • MisterSlippery

    IU is going to mop the floor with them. Also, Purdoo is junk.

  • Ben S.

    2nd game^

  • b_side

    First game for UCLA is against Georgetown. No guarantee they even win that one.

  • mark

    exactly … if CTC thinks he can play them with 2 6′ guards, he’s not in reality.

  • mark

    exactly … if CTC thinks he can play them with 2 6′ guards, he’s not in reality.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    We need some competition. I say bring him on, waves of Hoosiers will be ready to receive him.

  • IUMIKE1

    One would think that since every sportswriter that has a blog, column or show has talked about how out of line this is that they could see that, with no change to the situation, IU’s next two games does nothing but provide a two hour nationwide platform to contrast the stark reality of how SM’s case was handled and how our case was handled. Forget the fact that overall it will be a two hour reminder to everyone watching, not once but twice, of just how stupid they are.

    Guess it will also be another kind of reminder to some in that you gain nothing by self-reporting and NOT doing that is the best way to go.

  • IUMIKE1

    One would think that since every sportswriter that has a blog, column or show has talked about how out of line this is that they could see that, with no change to the situation, IU’s next two games does nothing but provide a two hour nationwide platform to contrast the stark reality of how SM’s case was handled and how our case was handled. Forget the fact that overall it will be a two hour reminder to everyone watching, not once but twice, of just how stupid they are.

    Guess it will also be another kind of reminder to some in that you gain nothing by self-reporting and NOT doing that is the best way to go.

  • Geoff_85

    Have to have PJ this year. IU can’t have Watford, Elston, Hollowell, and Howard playing the 5 spot in Big Ten play. My guess is neither redshirt, but if one of them did, it would have to be HMP in my opinion.

  • HMP, 6’9 tall,7 ‘2 wingspan 40inch plus vertical. yeah, I think he can play the 5.

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah, I think he can too, so could all of the other guys I mentioned, but they’re all less than ideal. I’d rather have a 7′ tall guy with a 7’6″ wingspan, but call me crazy I guess.

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah, I think he can too, so could all of the other guys I mentioned, but they’re all less than ideal. I’d rather have a 7′ tall guy with a 7’6″ wingspan, but call me crazy I guess.

  • Benhyoung14

    Like IU Mike said, its all about a revenue stream. If UCLA wasn’t a Div 1 powerhouse he would have been suspended for the season. Same with Kentucky. They bring in too much money. Cal will always be allowed to do what he does until I would say UNC, Duke, and IU are at the top every year. Then they will come down like a ton of bricks just because the still have the money streaming in.

  • WILLTHEREALSHEEHEYSTANDUP

    REALLY! Smells of the same old BS from the ncaa

  • WILLTHEREALSHEEHEYSTANDUP

    So Shabazz can take money knowingly and only get 3 games, but two kids who are still not fully adapted to the “US” ways get 9. The ncaa is a stupid. I live 10 minutes south of the ncaa headquarters. I should go there a kick the backdoor down with both feet and give the a piece of my business

  • SCHoosier

    Maybe..if he ever gets on the floor with that foot. Kid can jump..needs to prove he can play D at this level..very prone to foul trouble in H.S.

  • Lol!

  • UCLA lawyers better than IU lawyers.

  • UCLA lawyers better than IU lawyers.

  • HoosierTrav

    I think Georgetown takes care of them if Porter is healthy. I view Shabazz as a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist type. If we get UCLA i think we beat them by double digits.

  • IUMIKE1

    Makes perfect sense….when you remember it’s the ncaa.