UCLA basketball’s Kyle Anderson cleared to play

Former Las Vegas prep star Shabazz Muhammad, above, is one of UCLA's prized basketball recruits, as is Kyle Anderson.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Kyle Anderson, one of UCLA’s blue-chip freshman basketball players, will be cleared to resume full workouts Tuesday, a school official said.

Anderson, a 6-foot-8 guard who was ranked among the top high school players, had surgery on his left thumb in April and has been limited during practices. He will be able to rejoin full-contact drills as the Bruins prepare for a three-game tour in China that begins Aug. 22.

The Bruins began practicing for the China trip Sunday.

UCLA is also expecting good news on Shabazz Muhammad. The NCAA has reportedly been investigating the financial dealings between the Muhammad family and family friends Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh to determine whether there were any violations. Lincoln paid for two unofficial visits to college campuses. Kavanagh helped finance Muhammad’s summer traveling team.


“We showed the NCAA that we have done everything correctly,” Muhammad said. “I haven’t broken any rules. I expect to play in the first game, when we open against Indiana State.”


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