UCLA Bruins Forward Shabazz Muhammad Lied About His Age; Freshman is Really 20 Years Old

By Dan Parzych
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With the UCLA Bruins preparing for their first matchup of the 2013 NCAA Tournament against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the last thing they want to deal with at the moment is any controversy. Unfortunately for the Bruins, that may be exactly the case surrounding one of their star players–Shabazz Muhammad.

Apparently, the star freshman was born in 1992 instead of 1993–which means he’s really 20 instead of 19 as everybody assumed throughout the entire 2012-13 season. As one of the top freshman in the country this season, many expected Muhammad to be a top-five pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but it should be interesting to see whether or not this lie has an impact on his draft stock.

The details behind this story are still coming in, but the whole thing in general seems a bit odd as to why Muhammad would want to lie about being older than younger. One media outlet was able to glance Muhammad’s birth certificate and confirmed it said he was 20 years of age–so there has to be some sort of reason behind his decision to lie about his age.

Either way, this is the last thing UCLA needed to deal with heading into Friday’s game against Minnesota. For a team expected to be upset in the second round by the Golden Gophers, the Bruins will now have to deal with the false age of Muhammad on the back of their minds and what type of consequences could be coming from this incident.

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