Dennis Smith Jr, Markelle Fultz, Kyle Kuzma & others named in corruption case.
Some of college basketball's most prestigious programs, as well as a several current and former star athletes, have been named in the FBI's investigation into corruption of college hoops, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.
According to the report, the documents and bank records detail how former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency, ASM Sports, paid high school and college prospects as well as their families. The investigation turned up expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, in addition to entertainment and travel expenses, according to Yahoo Sports.
Among the schools named as possibly breaking NCAA rules are Duke, UNC, Michigan State, Kentucky, Texas, USC, Kansas, Alabama and others. More than 25 players were specifically named as receiving benefits from ASM, including presumed lottery picks such as Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Alabama's Collin Sexton, and Duke's Wendell Carter.
The investigation also turned up a number of other players who are now in the NBA, including rookies Dennis Smith Jr, Markelle Fultz, Kyle Kuzma and Bam Adebayo. The violations range from meals and a few hundred dollars all the way up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Per Yahoo Sports,
- Dennis Smith, who would go on to play at North Carolina State in 2016-17, received $43,500 according to the documents. Another document headed “Pina,” for ASM agent Stephen Pina, says Smith received a total of $73,500 in loans, and includes notes about “options to recoup the money” when Smith did not sign with ASM.
- Isaiah Whitehead, at the time a freshman at Seton Hall, received $26,136 according to the documents. The “Pina” document says Whitehead received $37,657 and was “setting up payment plan.” Whitehead signed with ASM but later left the agency for Roc Nation.
- A listing that refers to “BAM” for $12,000 is later identified in the documents as Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, who would go on to play at Kentucky in 2016-17. He did not sign with ASM. There’s a later reference to Adebayo that says he received $36,500. “Bad loan,” reads the document.
- Markelle Fultz, who would go on to play at Washington and become the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, received $10,000 according to the documents. He did not sign with ASM.
- Former Utah star Kyle Kuzma received at least $9,500 while in school, according to the documents.
Check out the full report here.