The NCAA on Friday ruled that UCLA freshman Jonah Bolden, an Australian native, is academically ineligible and will not be allowed to play in games this season.
UCLA said the NCAA ruled Bolden a partial qualifier, which allows him to remain on scholarship and practice with the team. The decision is final and there is no appeal process.
The 6-foot-9 power forward is part of an elite recruiting class assembled by coach Steve Alford.
According to sources, the NCAA issued its ruling because Bolden left Australia after his senior season had already begun to attend a Las Vegas prep school, and then finished his high school in New Hampshire, ESPN reported.
UCLA was in need of reinforcements after last season’s 28-9 campaign. The Bruins lost three of their top four scorers to the NBA Draft, Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine.
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