FBI Alleges Arizona Coach Bribed Top Prospect Ayton with Money
The NCAA nightmare is only beginning and the FBI is doing its due diligence.
Earlier in the weekend it was reported that the FBI has caught a hold of a conversation between Arizona head coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, discussing paying $100,000 to ensure a commitment from top prospect DeAndre Ayton. According to FBI allegations, the two men had multiple conversations about how to best recruit the centre.
As per a source close to the story, Coach Miller specifically told Dawkins to deal with Ayton directly when it came to the money. Ayton is one of the top freshman in the entire country and many scouts believe that he will be the eventual first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Per NCAA regulations, players are not allowed to receive any sort of payment.
Emmanuel Richardson, an assistant coach for Miller, who allegedly finalized the deal with Ayton was one of four assistant coaches arrested by FBI agents back in September. Richardson is charged with six felonies and faces up to 60-years in prison and $1.5-million in fines.
Ayton played in Arizona’s most recent game against Oregon on Saturday night. The seven foot freshman dropped 28-points and grabbed 18-boards albeit in a loss. Head Coach Miller was not on the sidelines for the Wildcats.