LOS ANGELES – Led by star recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson, No. 13 UCLA has the pieces in place for a revival. The Bruins return to a renovated Pauley Pavilion, and their heralded freshmen class, along with transfer Larry Drew II, is capable of propelling them back into title contention after last season's tumult.
Muhammad is at once the most touted UCLA freshman since Kevin Love and the player whose status remains a burning question. The guard-forward from Las Vegas is the subject of an NCAA investigation involving alleged improper benefits he received in his recruitment from boosters of his AAU program and the alleged improper acceptance of airline flights for some of his recruiting visits. He chose UCLA over Kentucky and Duke.