The nation's top-ranked high school basketball prospect, Shabazz Muhammad, who has Kentucky high on his list of college possibilities, is being investigated by the NCAA, according to a report by CBSSports.com.
Colleges recruiting Muhammad, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound small forward, have been contacted by the NCAA and made aware of financial dealings that could compromise his amateur status, CBSSports.com reported, citing "numerous sources."
The sources told CBS Sports.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.
CBSSports.com said Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, has acknowledged that he knows both men and that he has been questioned by an NCAA investigator about the relationships. Holmes told the Web site that he has been upfront with the NCAA about his dealings with Lincoln and Kavanagh and that "I don't think we've done anything wrong."
Lincoln, who said his relationship with Holmes is "almost five years old," told CBS Sports.com that he funded at least two of Muhammad's unofficial college visits, but he said he believes his involvement is within NCAA rules.
Muhammad is still considering five schools: Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, UNLV and Duke.