A Los Angeles Times report today revealed that UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad’s age is not 19, but 20.
The article explores how Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, carefully crafted a path to athletic success — one that included fudging his son’s year of birth.
Muhammad’s birthday had long been reported as Nov. 13, 1993, and was listed as such in the UCLA media guide. However, a copy of his birth certificate obtained by the Times lists it as Nov. 12, 1992.
After Holmes admitted to Muhammad’s true age, he sent the reporter this text: “Bazz is going to blow up in the NBA lets team up and blow this thing up!!! I’m going to need a publicist anyway why shouldn’t it be you. We can do some big things together.”
A UCLA spokesman said Muhammad’s age will not affect his eligibility to play in the NCAA tournament.
Long considered to be a “one-and-done,” Muhammad’s college career will likely end whenever the Bruins finish their season. He’s currently being talked about as a top-five or top-10 pick in the NBA Draft, something the age change shouldn’t affect dramatically.