UCLA has had a few key players go down with injuries the past few weeks, but they were injuries that are normal in basketball nature, sprained ankles, etc,. However, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it has. The nation’s No. 1 recruit, Shabazz Muhammad, was injured during practice Wednesday. Shabazz is the centerpiece of a Bruins team that is expected to make a deep postseason run, a team that is bringing in one of the top 3 recruiting classes in the nation.
At this time the extent of the shoulder injury is not known, but Shabazz was expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday, with the results being known Thursday morning. In this day and age we will probably know the results of the MRI by the time the doctor is handed the results, well maybe not that quick but you get the point.
If it turns out to be a serious injury then this is obviously horrible news for the Bruins, and will put a huge damper on what was expected to be a fantastic season. Shabazz is arguably the best freshman to hit the NCAA hardwood in and suit up in a UCLA jersey, a player who is expected to be drafted No. 1 overall in the 2013 NBA draft.
While many UCLA fans may worry about this latest injury news, head coach Ben Howland told Adam Zagoria, “It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. He got hit. He was going up and Jordan Adams whacked the ball coming down and hit his arm. Sometimes you could have a shoulder injury and you could have your arm pulled back. It wasn’t anything like that. It’s his right shoulder, not his shooting shoulder. It won’t be officially read until [Thursday]. The person who reads this is our person that I totally have confidence in. He will read this in the morning.”
While that is certainly a positive outlook to this potentially horrible situation there is still one looming situation, one that is even bigger than a potential serious injury, NCAA clearance. While an injury to a player should alwa be placed as the highest priority, Shabazz’ shoulder injury is not life threatening. Which then points to worry No. 2, the aforementioned NCAA clearance. Shabazz and fellow freshman Kyle Anderson have still not been clearedby the NCAA, and there is no timetable as to when the rulings will be announced.
Clearly this whole injury situation is cloudy at the moment, so checking back tomorrow morning will almost certainly provide a clearer picture of where Shabazz stands in terms of a return to the UCLA practice floor.
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