- Yahoo obtained documents from NBA agency ASM Sports that appear to show payouts to current and former college basketball players, their families, handlers, and programs.
- The documents include expense reports that range from payments as large as $US43,500 to paying for current and former prospects’ meals.
- The documents appear to tie big-name players and schools to activity that could violate the NCAA’s amateurism rules.
- Duke, UNC, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC, and Alabama are all named in the report.
The FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball could reach some big-name players and schools, according to a report by Yahoo’s Pat Forde and Pete Thamel.
Forde and Thamel obtained documents from former powerful NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins, and Miller’s agency, ASM Sports, that appear to detail expense reports and cash advancements to college basketball prospects, some of whom are in the NBA today.
According to Forde and Thamel, the documents appear to tie some big-name schools and programs to activity that would violate the NCAA’s amateurism rules.
Some of the examples include what appear to be big payouts to prospects and their families, including programs like Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky, Texas, and others.
One expense report appears to show that Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who went to North Carolina State, received $US43,500, while another document shows he received $US73,500 in loans. The documents came with a note on how to “recoup” the money when Smith did not sign with ASM.
Another document appears to show that Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Markelle Fultz, who went to Washington, received $US10,000. He did not sign with ASM.
Expense reports from Dawkins, who was eventually fired from ASM for charging $US42,000 in Uber rides to Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton’s credit card, appear to show payments to current and former prospects, their families, handlers, and schools, according to the report. Some payments ranged from $US1,100 to nearly $US10,000.
Other expense reports from Dawkins appear to show he took some current and former college basketball players to meals. While that in itself is not a violation, according to Yahoo, if Dawkins paid for the meals, it could be a violation. Some players mentioned include Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon and current college stars like Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Duke’s Wendell Carter.
According to Yahoo, it’s unclear how the NCAA will handle the case, given the breadth and depth of the names potentially involved. Additionally, the ongoing criminal investigation could create other complications for the NCAA.
Miller, who was decertified as an NBA agent in the wake of the investigation, has not yet been charged in the case, according to Yahoo. Dawkins was arrested in September and faces felony charges of wire fraud and bribery.
The scandal has cost several people in college basketball their jobs, most notably Rick Pitino at Louisville.
According to Yahoo, the case could cast “a pall” over the March Madness tournament because of eligibility issues. Yahoo notes that the criminal investigations could take years to play out, but from the sounds of it, the overall scandal may only just be beginning.
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