College basketball fans across the nation woke up to some rather stunning news, as Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports detailed just how many players received benefits from agent Andy Miller and his agency, ASM Sports.
A number of high profile players, such as 2017 NBA Draft lottery picks Bam Adebayo, Markelle Fultz and Dennis Smith Jr., all received 5-figure payments from the agency. Even more players like current college stars Collin Sexton, Wendell Carter and Kevin Knox are alleged to have met with the agency. Knox’s father has already denied such a claim.
As a result of this, many in the college basketball media have had a few takes on the matter. Some have wondered whether they’ll hold an NCAA Tournament this year, while others have mearly shrugged it off as this is all just a part of the college basketball institution.
So … are they still going to hold the Tournament this year? https://t.co/nHLVbtGUhL
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) February 23, 2018
Anything that Mark Emmert and NCAA has to say about this is laughable. When this goes down he and many others need to be investigated or let go. https://t.co/JsgOWjh0Py
— Richard Davenport (@ArRecruitingGuy) February 23, 2018
This >> https://t.co/ijpy5EdiWQ
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) February 23, 2018
“There’s potential impermissible benefits and preferential treatment for players and families of players at Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC, Alabama and a host of other schools”
Detailed read. Click the link below for more. https://t.co/SIQ1RSCmbv
— John Hayes (@JohnHayes730) February 23, 2018
Lotta folks woke up to big news this morning: @YahooForde and @PeteThamel report shows just about every heavy hitter in college basketball tangled up in the FBI investigation. That now includes UK, as Knox, Adebayo, Noel listed on agent's financial docs. https://t.co/yVrc3hnVbm
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 23, 2018
It reflects how common this practice is by agents. They've got to keep track of their payments somehow. https://t.co/qUCAymDlva
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) February 23, 2018
And the “fix” is what? If it’s anything but college athletes being allowed to sign endorsement deals and benefit from their talents while in college, it’s total bullshit. https://t.co/LMECBt3SRc
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) February 23, 2018
Stay out of this, Mark Emmert. We’ll let you know if we need you. Thanks, the Feds. https://t.co/djpxayhxT0
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 23, 2018
The NCAA has already issued a statement on the matter, saying that if these allegations are indeed correct, they “point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.”
A number of schools have already been impacted by the FBI’s investigation into college basketball. Schools such as Auburn, USC and Arizona fired assistant coaches that were connected to the scandal back in September. USC and Auburn have had players sit out due to these allegations, as Austin Wiley, Danjel Purifoy of Auburn and De’Anthony Melton of USC are yet to play a game this season.
Going forward, it will be interesting to watch what the schools decide to do with the players named in the report. Many of them play on the top team’s in the country and the likes of Carter, Miles Bridges of Michigan State and Knox are all likely to play key roles on Duke, Michigan State and Kentucky. Those schools are all fixtures in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.
The NCAA Tournament is set to begin in three weeks, with Selection Sunday scheduled for March 11.