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Larry Drew II
UCLA basketball is about to begin — without last season's drama
UCLA basketball is about to begin — without last season's drama

It has been a quiet fall for the UCLA basketball team. Less attention. Less NCAA scrutiny. Fewer expectations. A year ago, UCLA brought in what was thought to be the nation's No. 1 recruiting class. With it came NCAA investigators and a spotlight's glare. UCLA had an attorney attend its basketball media day, monitoring what was being asked and said. The four freshmen — Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker — were kept at a safe distance from reporters. The NCAA was still investigating eligibility concerns about Muhammad and Anderson. Ben Howland, then the head coach, had basically been told to win or go home. (He won a Pac-12 Conference...

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