Freshman phenom, shooting guard Shabazz Muhammed, one of the top prospects in the 2013 NBA Draft, will have to sit out UCLA's upcoming Asia exhibition games due to the NCAA's inability to clear Muhammed at this time. It's a huge blow to the Bruins, who brought in the nation's number one recruiting class to bounce back from a one-year retreat from the NCAA Tournament. And if UCLA plans on returning in 2013, much will depend on Muhammed.
Without the attacking wing, expect newcomer freshman Kyle Anderson, a point-forward and another one of our top prospects for the 2013 Draft, as well as point guard, UNC-transfer, Larry Drew II to carry a bulk of the load. It will surely be a different offensive system as neither Anderson, nor Drew are as dynamic scorers, as Shabazz Muhammed, but then again, very few are. In the absence of Muhammed, Drew and Anderson need to work together to solve the point guard woes that have slowed the Bruins down in recent years.