Yahoo! Sports: Former Shocker Fred VanVleet involved in federal investigation


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.

Former UK players Edrice "Bam" Adebayo and Nerlens Noel, and current UK freshman Kevin Knox are listed in the documents, according to the report.

After his sophomore season at Seton Hall, Whitehead signed with Miller before being drafted to his hometown Brooklyn Nets, whom he remains with today.

"We learned of the report this morning and it is the first we've heard about this information", Yow said in an official statement from NC State athletics.

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"We began immediately to conduct our due diligence and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities". "At this point in time I reserve comment". "We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community".

Four assistant coaches have been arrested as part of the investigation. An ASM balance sheet reportedly details huge payoffs like a more than $100,000 in "loans" to former UNC player Dennis Smith, more than $50,000 to Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead, $10,000 to Markelle Fultz, who is now with the 76ers, and dozens of others players. The agency's bank records show multiple former and future lottery picks received extra benefits of some kind, including Duke's Wendell Carter Jr., Michigan State's Miles Bridges and current Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., who spent a year at N.C. State. Others cover basic meals or transportation. VanVleet, who now plays for the Toronto Raptors, is reported to have received at least $1,000. In that sense, its ramifications arguably are less severe: A player choosing one agency over another affects college basketball's competitive balance far less than, say, that player choosing Duke over North Carolina because of cash payments.

It's been a trying year for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.

The documents also name former Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead ($37,657), former LSU guard Tim Quarterman ($16,000), former Maryland center Diamond Stone ($14,303), former SC guard P.J. Dozier ($6,115), former Xavier guard Edmond Sumner ($7,000), former Wichita State guard Fred Van Vleet ($1,000), and former Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame ($1,100). Law firms purchase meals for potential new lawyers and summer associates during interviews while they're still in law school, for example.