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List of potential players in college basketball scandal continues to grow

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Team Clutch's Jahvon Quinerly #4 in action against Team Drive in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Team Clutch's Jahvon Quinerly #4 in action against Team Drive in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) by Matt Tait

This is how it starts.

An ESPN.com report from Jeff Borzello, dated Oct. 7, indicates that five-star, Class of 2018 prospect Jahvon Quinerly, who currently is committed to Arizona, has hired a lawyer in response to the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.

According to Borzello, Quinerly, who was briefly recruited by Kansas — KU offered Quinerly a scholarship in August of 2016 and continued to recruit him through April of 2017 — has not been contacted by federal agents and it is important to note that there was nothing in the FBI’s initial findings directly linking the five-star point guard to any wrong-doing.

But the mere fact that he and his family feel the need to hire legal representation shows you, yet again, just how serious this thing could get.

Picture this: Here’s a young man on the brink of his senior season of high school basketball who just committed to Arizona after being wooed by some of the biggest and baddest college basketball programs in the land. Quinerly should be having the time of his life. Instead, he has hired a lawyer and is reading things with his name attached to them that reference the potential for him to miss some or even all of his freshman season of college ball if there’s even so much as the smallest link between him and the corruption that already took down Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson.

Talk about scary times.

According to Borzello’s report, Quinerly was recruited by Richardson, one of four assistants at four schools who were named in the initial findings, and investigation documents allege that a $15,000 bribe was paid by Richardson to “Player-5,” who “verbally committed to attending” Arizona “on or about August 9, 2017.”

According to 247 Sports, Quinerly committed to Arizona on Aug. 8.

For now, there is nothing concrete about Quinerly’s involvement in any of this. But the simple act of putting two and two together sure makes it look like there could be something there.

And if there is, you can add another party to the long list of players who have the potential to blow this thing wide open, a list that now includes federal investigators, high school recruits, current college players, former college players, head coaches, assistant coaches, fired coaches, administrators, parents, shoe company executives and more.

I mean, Quinerly might be the absolute best young man in America, but if the feds are able to prove he was involved in this corruption, it’s not hard to imagine the New Jersey point guard sharing everything he knows, good and bad, with eager investigators.

A New York Post report from Sept. 30 tells the story of a father of an unnamed former Louisville standout who claims his son was offered $100,000 “by someone from a rival of Louisville’s,” during his recruitment.

While the identity of that Louisville "rival" certainly is intriguing, it's hardly the most important part of the story. What is is the fact that this kind of behavior has been going on for some time now (big surprise, right?) and more and more people are slowly starting to tell their stories.

In the New York Post story, the father also claims that “while Adidas had no impact on my son’s decision to go to Louisville, other kids he played with in AAU were definitely led by sneaker companies. I saw it all the time. Their influence runs very deep — especially with families that don’t have means.”

With Twitter messages from national college basketball reporters and even the likes of college hoops guru Dick Vitale starting to surface about the likelihood that more names soon will be implicated in the scandal that could change college basketball forever, it appears as if this story is likely to get more intense as the days go by.

Comments

Dirk Medema 2 months ago

Thanks for linking the bits of info out there.

Joe Joseph 2 months ago

Man. Jaybate was all over this sneaker garbage YEARS ago.

Brett McCabe 2 months ago

The entire sport is being dragged down so that 10 or 20 elite players each year can attend school for four months, get national tv exposure and then get ready for the draft.

Adopt the three-year hit for every scholarship given, and the OAD crowd will find another venue for their talents, probably a better venue, where they can take the money above the table.

Joe Black 2 months ago

I agree. Turn college basketball back into college basketball not the minor leagues for the NBA.

Craig Carson 2 months ago

@Joe..turn college basketball back into college" ??!!what do you think the NCAA has ALWAYS been for the NFL and NBA??? you act like the NFL and NBA only started plucking players out of college??? colleges are nothing BUT minor leagues for EVERY employer..you arent making any sense with your demands

Bob Forer 2 months ago

Nonsense. Regardless of OAD, college basketball is corrupt to the core

Suzi Marshall 2 months ago

So long as you have scum bags like Pitino leading collegiate programs it will be corrupt to the core.

Craig Carson 2 months ago

those OAD do have another way..its called Europe!!! the rule is an age rule, not a "force you into college for a year" rule..im sorry but, the NBA owners want the OAD rule..and since the NBA is a private employer, they have the right to set the standards for application..so if they feel their league benefits from players going to college or Europe for a year so they can better evaluate them before forking over millions, then the OAD rule is here to stay...so just get over it

Robin Smith 2 months ago

15,000... that's about 1 year's earnings at minimum wage.

Andy Godwin 2 months ago

Families with limited means are in some cases hoping/depending on their sons doing well enough in college to get a pro contract. The latter is somewhat easier given the number of opportunities outside just the NBA. However those deals won't ever approach, say an Embiid recent contract of a life changing $148 million 5 year deal. For some, even $15,000 can make an impact. It is past time to let those that can bypass college jump to the next level, and then have college administrators with the NCAA revisit the level of stipends across all student athlete.

Craig Carson 2 months ago

except you forget one thing...the NBA WANTS the OAD rule..they are the employers..and if they feel it benefits the league for kids to gain another year of maturity and another year of evaluation before they fork out millions, then the rule isnt going anywhere..better get used to it...the rule is about age, not forcing kids into college..they have the option of going to Europe AND getting paid to play there

Andrew Whitehead 2 months ago

Craig is right, the OAD issue is a byproduct of the NBA's minimum age requirement. And since this is still somewhat of a free country, employers retain the right to maintain qualifications or any other requirement they want in order to hire someone. As much as I hate the consequences for college basketball, it's the price of freedom.

Hopefully the NCAA and the heavy hitters in college basketball can convince the NBA to raise the age limit another year (which would change OAD to Two-and-done), or better. I think even having a 2-year stint in college for these guys would dramatically improve the college game and serve the young players well on many fronts.

Jim Stauffer 2 months ago

The way to get the OAD's out is for coaches to ignore them and recruit the best players you can to develop over 4 years. A program like Kansas could have a lot of guys on the level of Devonte, Svi and others and still be very competitive each year.

Now they would not win 14 straight and would only rarely go to the Final Four, but they would all be Jayhawks and our coaches would not be in jail.

Craig Carson 2 months ago

and they could also have top level NBA talent to infuse with those Masons, Grahams and Svi's....you really think the KU fan base would accept a FF appearance "rarely" like one every 15 years, or even a FF caliber team once every 15 years?? you are f*g crazy..dont let your paranoid mind make you think EVERY or even most top players are being paid

Humpy Helsel 2 months ago

Does anyone think there hasn't been a closed door private meeting between Coach and his assistants which goes something like, "OK, let's have it. Are we all clean here?" If I was the KU chancellor, I'd have our University attorney (or a privately hired one) over there asking the same thing. You can hide things from the NCAA, but don't lie or hide stuff in a federal investigation like this one. It won't just be "what did we do or not do." It will be "what do you know, what have your heard, what are their names, and when did it occur." Coming completely clean in a deal like this one is your best friend. This environment has been so corrupt for so long it will be like shooting fish in a barrel for these investigators.

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