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February 23, 2018

Report: UK basketball players among those linked to potential NCAA violations

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball players were included in documents published Friday pertaining to NBA agent Andy Miller and his ASM Sports agency that tie top programs and players to activity that appears to violate NCAA rules. 

Yahoo Sports released details from hundreds of pages of documents that specified potential impermissible benefits for current and former players at Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State and other schools. 

Current Wildcats' leading scorer Kevin Knox and former forwards Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel were among those linked to ASM Sports. 

From the report: 

An ASM balance sheet in the hands of federal investigators shows accounts through Dec. 31, 2015, with the subheading, “Loan to Players.” It listed several who were in high school or college as receiving four-figure and five-figure payments from ASM Sports. 

... 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.... 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.

... 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.

Adebayo averaged 13 points and eight rebounds as a Kentucky freshman last season. He was selected No. 14 overall in the NBA draft by the Miami Heat in June. 

KEVIN KNOXKEVIN KNOXKnox, the freshman forward who is averaging 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds, was listed among players as meeting with or having meals with Christian Dawkins, an associate of Miller. 

Duke's Wendell Carter, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Alabama’s Collin Sexton and North Carolina's Tony Bradley, among others, were included with Knox. 

From the report: 

Additional Dawkins expense reports list meals and meetings with players or their families while in college or high school, and before they turned pro. While small amounts, these could be categorized as extra benefits under NCAA rules. It appears Dawkins paid for the meals, which could be an important distinction.

While three criminal cases tied to the investigation may take years to play out, the documents viewed by Yahoo revealed the extent of the potential NCAA ramifications from the case. The documents show an underground recruiting operation that could create NCAA rules issues – both current and retroactive – for at least 20 Division I basketball programs and more than 25 players.

Noel, who played one season at Kentucky from 2012-13, was listed as receiving a loan totaling $4,350. 

NCAA President Mark Emmert released the following statement Friday morning:

"These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America," Emmert said in the release. "Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever.

The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”

By Fletcher Page
Louisville Courier Journal

 

CALAPARI SAYS HE 'HAS NOT HAD ANY RELATIONS' WITH AGENT: --CATS PAWS.COM

“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates," Kentucky coach John Calipari said.“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates," Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.”   --Cats Paws.com

Knox will play against Missouri Saturday

Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox, who was named in the Yahoo! Sports report on Friday morning, will still play against Missouri.

"At this point I believe so," coach John Calipari said when asked if Knox would play. "If there’s something that I don’t know..” Deputy Director of athletics DeWayne Peevy followed the statement with "there’s nothing additional to what you already know.”  --Cats Paws.com

 

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