Tuesday, September 4, 2012
3-point shot: UCLA has time to clear players
By Andy Katz
1. UCLA is on the quarter system and doesn't start classes until Sept. 27. Practice, for all teams, begins on Oct. 12 and that means the Bruins do have time to get their house in order with the NCAA eligibility center, more days than the majority of semester schools had which started in August. The Bruins don’t yet have to hurry to get Shabazz Muhammad's and Kyle Anderson's (those are the two players ESPNLA.com reported as still waiting to be cleared) eligibility resolved. This also means that the NCAA eligibility center and enforcement arm must take advantage of having time to settle this case. The pressure of getting a player eligible to start classes isn’t a factor with these two players but the NCAA has no excuse if this were to drag into October. They should wrap this up within the next two weeks or else they deserve criticism. The only holdup should be if someone or some people aren’t cooperating.
2. Providence starts school Tuesday and star freshman wing Ricky Ledo still doesn’t know if he’s been cleared yet by the NCAA eligibility center. Ledo went to four different high schools, raising red flags about his transcripts. Ledo was at Monday's team meeting with head coach Ed Cooley and is expected to be in class Tuesday, even though he hasn’t been cleared yet. The Friars are down in numbers with only nine healthy/eligible players for the start of the fall semester. Guard Kris Dunn, the second-most touted PC recruit, is recovering from a torn labrum. Cooley said Monday that he expects Dunn to be playing by the time the Big East schedule begins in January.
3. The next wave of basketball alignment to watch will come from the America East, MAAC and CAA as those three middling conferences attempt to replace key departures. The America East and MAAC will be vying for the same teams while the CAA continues to likely look at poaching from the Southern Conference.