"#Free," he wrote.
Indeed Muhammad is free. Free to play right away. Free to fulfill his goal of rejuvenating the UCLA program. And free to prove he's worthy of the hype he received as the No. 1 recruit in his class and a potential top five pick in next June's NBA Draft.
The NCAA announced Friday evening it has reinstated Muhammad effective immediately after hearing an appeal from UCLA earlier in the day. Muhammad, who had been suspended indefinitely since Nov. 9 for accepting extra benefits, is expected to travel to Brooklyn with UCLA for the Legends Classic and make his college debut Monday against Georgetown.
"I am relieved that this long, arduous process has come to an end," UCLA coach Ben Howland said in a statement Friday night. "So many people worked very hard on this case and I am eternally grateful to them."
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