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UCLA Standout Battles Opponents, NCAA

AP

There is virtually no doubt what Shabazz Muhammad’s answer will be when the question is posed: What has his time at UCLA taught him? “Defense,” he says. So obvious, right? But it is not limited to his significant progress on the basketball court preventing opponents from scoring points.

He guards now, and he is guarded.

He plays defense, and he is defensive.

He is no ordinary college athlete, in part because of his spectacular talent, more so because it was his recruitment, of all the hundreds of Division I prospects in the 2012 class, of all the elite prospects who preceded him, that was identified by the NCAA as worthy of a warning to the colleges involved.

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