Yahoo! reveals names of players and schools involved in Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

Angelo Anderson
February 25, 2018

Sports report about an FBI investigation into college basketball published late Friday night.

Louisville was one of the first schools to be tied into the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe last fall for their involvement with Brian Bowen, who was also named in this report.

Yahoo's Pat Forde and Pete Thamel reported late Friday Stephens interacted with former ASM Sports Agency associate, Christian Dawkins, via email in July 2016, engaging in an alleged bidding war for University of SC freshman Brian Bowen, who was a five-star high school recruit at the time. The potential loss of eligibility is huge due to the postseason about to begin. Those schools included nearly all of the powerhouse programs in the nation, including Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The report states that a balance sheet from ASM listed several players who were in high school or college getting payments of four and five figures from the agency.

Twitter is already sounding off on the report and they are siding with the players who they feel will take the brunt of the blame instead of the schools and coaches who make millions of dollars from the student-athletes.

"These are college eligibility issues and agent licensing issues, not matters of national security that deserve this level of Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement and taxpayer has reached a degree of being ridiculous".

Former Kentucky Wildcat Bam Adebayo is named on one balance sheet for the agency.

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.

Diamond Stone (2015-16 Maryland center) - $14,303. (Mavericks) Isaiah Whitehead (Nets) and Kyle Kuzma (Lakers) also have been linked to this probe.

Other notable current National Basketball Association players on the list includes Kyle Kuzma, Edrice Adebayo, Markelle Fultz, Malcolm Brogdon, Josh Jackson and others. Bowen, a Saginaw native, has since transferred to SC and has yet to play in a college game. Since departing PSU, he has played pro basketball overseas in France, Belgium and Turkey, and most recently in New Zealand.

The amount of money the NCAA and programs are making off these kids is ridiculous when you think about a player getting in trouble for having their meal paid for.

When asked for comment, MSU Athletic Communications deferred to Friday's statements by head coach Tom Izzo and interim athletic director Bill Beekman. "Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports", NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a release. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said he isn't surprised by anything that happens in college hoops. The report names at least 20 Division I schools.

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