Fred VanVleet Named in Federal NCAA Investigation

Andrew Cummings
February 25, 2018

Sports report that alleges large-scale corruption at more than 20 NCAA member schools involving improper payments to recruits through a well-known agent might not be the end of the story.

Former Jayhawks Elijah Johnson and Josh Jackson and former Wichita State Shocker Fred VanVleet were among the athletes mentioned in the report.

Yahoo Sports obtained documents, bank records and ledgers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, and it specifies individuals who have received money from ASM Sports, an agency for professional and collegiate athletes.

ASM Sports, former agent Andy Miller, and his associate Charles Dawkins are the focus of this particular investigation with myriad payments or "loans" to amateur players to get them to sign with the agency.

Knox is listed a player who had dinner with an ASM Sports agent. The documents also link college basketball stars Miles Bridges, Collin Sexton and Wendell Carter to "specific extra benefits" for themselves or their families, according to Yahoo.

The documents also show Elijah Johnson, a former basketball player for KU, received a $15,000 loan while playing for the Jayhawks.

Other notable current National Basketball Association players on the list includes Kyle Kuzma, Edrice Adebayo, Markelle Fultz, Malcolm Brogdon, Josh Jackson and others.

Published weeks before the NCAA's showcase event and premier moneymaker - the men's basketball tournament - Friday's report is a sign that the Justice Department's investigation, which thus far has produced criminal charges against four assistant coaches and a top Adidas executive, could continue to impact major college basketball for months, if not years.

Former NBA agent Andy Miller, president of ASM Sports, has become a central piece in the FBI's investigation.

According to Yahoo, it's unclear how the NCAA will handle the case, given the breadth and depth of the names potentially involved.

But, if they are being "defrauded", it's only because of archaic NCAA rules, which the university administrators could easily band together to change, that are essentially created to try to prevent flooding water from finding a way. Despite this, numerous schools implicated will undergo a rigorous internal review, and they are expected to cooperate fully with authorities.

In addition to the powerhouse programs, Louisville also appears in the Yahoo report for potential violations, a list that also includes South Carolina, Texas, USC, Clemson, Utah, Xavier, North Carolina State and Alabama, among others.

The NCAA released a statement Friday morning following the report, saying they will cooperate with federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties.

"With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever", Emmert said.

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