Well, this could cool off the Kentucky Wildcat’s pursuit of Shabazz Muhammad quickly. Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish at CBS Sports just released a story that says the NCAA has contacted school recruiting Shabazz Muhammad and made them aware of financial dealing that may affect Shabazz’s eligibility. To be honest, it seems kind of unusual for the NCAA to sound the “red flag warning about a recruit when he was still in high school. There were rumors about John Wall’s eligibility, but I don’t recall the NCAA getting involved before he made a commitment. If this is true, I think we can expect Kentucky to drop their pursuit of Muhammad because it appears that whatever school gets him will get to have to deal with the same kind of eligibility drama Kentucky had with Enes Kanter. Here is a brief excerpt from the CBS story:
The sources told CBSSports.com that the NCAA is specifically interested in connections between Muhammad’s family and financial advisers Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh. Lincoln is a North Carolina-based financial planner whose brother, Geoff Lincoln, is an assistant coach for Muhammad’s high school team in Las Vegas. Kavanagh is a New York-based financial planner.
Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, acknowledged to CBSSports.com in multiple phone calls this week that he knows both men and has been questioned by an NCAA investigator about the relationships. Sources told CBSSports.com Lincoln paid for at least two of Muhammad’s unofficial visits to college campuses and that Kavanagh has helped fund Muhammad’s summer team, the Las Vegas-based Dream Vision Foundation. Holmes, who has hired legal counsel to assist with getting the NCAA inquiry resolved, confirmed both statements as true to CBSSports.com.