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College corruption corruption trial: Wiretaps show payments that wanted to recruit Zion Williamson, Marvin Bagley III

NEW YORK – A sumptuous suite located next to the famous fountains in Bellagio, right on the Las Vegas Strip. Sapphire blue mood lighting sets the stage, with sun loungers to complete the atmosphere. And a hidden camera to catch everything. The smooth but sticky, slick-yet-grubby essence of college basketball recruitment was seen in hours on Thursday the 23rd floor inside Moynihan United States Courthouse. The most explosive day than the other college's corruption test against corruption led to allegations due to claims, looping in the major schools and the coaches of the sport and, indeed, once again, also Zion Williamson. More from trials The federal prosecutors continued to show video tapes, some conversations that included several / separate meetings with assistant coaches along with the central government collaborator witness Marty Blazer and the sought after sports agent Christian Dawkins, who was convicted in the first corruption process, in a suite inside the glittering , faddish Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at the end of July 201 7. Assistant basketballs from USC (Tony Bland), Creighton (Preston Murphy) and Texas Christian (Corey Barker) – all donation team equipment, all steal away from when they were on tournament and recruiting, everyone was unaware of what they were being captured – showed that they accepted cash payments of $ 13,000, $ 6,000, and $ 6,000 respectively. The video was pressured by witnesses from Blazer who were in the suite when the money changed hands. Blazer also testified that Lamont Evans, who was in Oklahoma…

NEW YORK – A sumptuous suite located next to the famous fountains in Bellagio, right on the Las Vegas Strip. Sapphire blue mood lighting sets the stage, with sun loungers to complete the atmosphere.

And a hidden camera to catch everything.

The smooth but sticky, slick-yet-grubby essence of college basketball recruitment was seen in hours on Thursday the 23rd floor inside Moynihan United States Courthouse. The most explosive day than the other college’s corruption test against corruption led to allegations due to claims, looping in the major schools and the coaches of the sport and, indeed, once again, also Zion Williamson.

The federal prosecutors continued to show video tapes, some conversations that included several / separate meetings with assistant coaches along with the central government collaborator witness Marty Blazer and the sought after sports agent Christian Dawkins, who was convicted in the first corruption process, in a suite inside the glittering , faddish Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at the end of July 201

7.

Assistant basketballs from USC (Tony Bland), Creighton (Preston Murphy) and Texas Christian (Corey Barker) – all donation team equipment, all steal away from when they were on tournament and recruiting, everyone was unaware of what they were being captured – showed that they accepted cash payments of $ 13,000, $ 6,000, and $ 6,000 respectively. The video was pressured by witnesses from Blazer who were in the suite when the money changed hands. Blazer also testified that Lamont Evans, who was in Oklahoma State at the time, delivered $ 4,500 on his trip to Las Vegas.

“They are all cheaters, his entire staff,” says Dawkins about Jamie Dixon’s TCU program on one of the videos.

Barker was fired by TCU in March. Murphy, seen in the video playing one smile and enchanting his money before slipping into the right pocket of his gymnastics trousers, was said in a gift by Creighton in March. He is still listed as a coach on Creighton’s official website.

In Bland’s video, he discusses the importance of recruiting then-no. 1 prospectus Marvin Bagley III, which USC tried to attract to campus.

“Tony (Bland) needed money to come to Marvin (Bagley III),” Blazer said from the stand.

Blazer has collaborated with the government for several years after being guilty of seeping over $ 2.3 million from customers, many of whom were professional athletes. The prosecutor filed his direct investigation of Blazer on Thursday and took a kind of accusation – with convincing video evidence to support it.

“He wouldn’t go to UCLA or go to Duke,” Blazer said about the discussion about Bagley’s recruitment at that time. “Tony was convinced he had Marvin Bagley locked in at USC. When Marvin Bagley signs with USC, I need you on campus the moment he signs, was ready to get it to him ASAP.”

The video image Blanda says about Bagley’s recruitment and potential working relationship with Christian Dawkins and Blazer: “They do not go anywhere … If he is with USC you will meet him the first day on campus. This is the kind of dear that you get him, everyone will follow. “

Despite thoughts to the contrary, Bagley eventually signed with Duke, reclassifying a year before and enrolling for 2017-18, where he played a season before leaving the NBA draft 2018. He was the second overall pick and is now a member of the Sacramento Kings.

Another secret video recording from the same Las Vegas suite in 2017 showed today’s Clemson Assistant Basketball Tracker Steve Smith to talk to Dawkins, Blazer and the FBI agent for recruitment and any payments that would be made to Zion Williams’ family. Smith discusses Williamson’s stepfather, who also coached Williamson’s grassroots with Adidas, and refers to a secret meeting scheduled between him and stepfather in Las Vegas.

Smith was there to sell himself, to sell his relations. Williamson was once in his life. The assistant refers to how familiar he was with Williamson to the point he knew exactly the time it took to get from Clemson’s arena to Williams’s house – 1 hour, 4 minutes – and even laughing as he recalls a story of pretending not to know where he went the first time he and Clemson head coach Brad Brownell visited. (It would have been against NCAA rules for Smith to do so.)

When Smith discusses the recruitment, Dawkins interprets: “Duke will have his resources. UNC is UNC. Kentucky will have its resources.”

All three schools recruited Williamson, who had just become a new fame. The then 17-year-old was two days removed from a very published and participated in Adidas stand-alone / function games vs. LaMelo Ball who was so packed, LeBron James became concerned that it was better if he did not come up for fear of crowd control .

During oath Blazer said he understood Dawkins to say: “Duke, UNC and Kentucky will have people in place to pay what is necessary for Zion Williamson. Whatever Zion Williams’ family needed we could go in and out.” [help with money] If it were near. “

In the first college corruption province, in October, Williamson’s recruitment was recruited after testimony highlighted claims that Kansas was willing to engage in discussions focused on paying Williamson’s family. Williamson, of course, went on to Duke and undoubtedly became the largest star college that has seen decades.

He has since been declared for the NBA draft and is considered a border lock to be the number one choice. But the fact that Williamson and Bagley were recruited was discussed in such dirty terms, only to see both of these players landing at Duke, well it was Thursday to one of the noisiest days college basketball will have this offseason.

The questions and skepticism of each team, coach, athletic manager and university president attached to the schools raised on Thursday only increased.

For example, in a separate meeting, June 20, 2017 in New York, when the Code was introduced to Blazer and undercover agents (whom he did not realize worked for the FBI, but rather believed that investors in Dawkins & # 39; company), Code discussed the power and influence of some of the largest schools in the sport.

And it does not come in any small part from the big company.

“Nike schools also pay”, video recordings The code says. “In some form or manner, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Kentucky and all schools do something to help their children.”

The code later adds, “It’s a mess because there’s so much money involved.”

When this part of the video was played, Blazer told him he understood code to mean Duke, UNC, Syracuse, Kentucky to be schools that had relationships “like those we had in Arizona … paying assistant coach to get access to players. “

This is not an inflatable one: Code played at Clemson, spent more than a decade at Nike and stepped into such a position where he was responsible for the company’s most sought after and profitable grass-roots basketball operation. Whatever code taken to say on the video is still technically reputable – and not evidence under oath – it still comes from a man who knows what the hell he is talking about.

It is a little wonder this trial and its fallout is not even more widespread. Before some coaches stop for their quick and dirty dialogue at Cosmo, Dawkins is heard by more than 10 schools scheduled to appear in the coming hours / days. As it turned out, assistants at UConn, Texas A & M, Alabama, Clemson and Arizona State met all with Dawkins, Blazer and Undercover agent.

The only reason the guys didn’t get the money was because they were not considered close to landing the NBA level prospects in the short term. Dawkins talks about his contempt for talent pool in the upcoming high school, wiping up opportunities to land relationships with potential long-term NBA players.

Although coaches from Arizona State (Anthony Coleman), Clemson (Steve Smith), UConn (Raphael Chillious), Alabama (Yasir Rosemond) and Texas A & M (Amir Abdur-Rahim) found time to come to Cosmo, share recruitment philosophies and contact.

“Whatever you need to do, I do it.” Rosemond tells the men and adds “Alabama actually has — in place too” to get things done.

It was really surreal to look at. And also a little pitiful.

Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Kentucky, Oregon, all at least largely, if not vaguely, implicated. No concrete evidence of any payments to players or their families came, but it did not cease accusation after accusation of highlighting these videos. Also, Clemson’s football program was beaten in this thanks fully to a Clemson basketball assistant.

Today’s most incredible detail will go down like a legendary money-mover to a player. Abdur-Rahim, who was hired last week as head coach at Kennesaw State, met Dawkins, Blazer and the undercover agent to discuss the short-term situation and the long-term relationship plan with Robert Williams, then in Texas A&M and eventually a first round to pick Boston Celtics.

Blazer testified that after the purchase with Abdur-Rahim the men bought a pair of shoes (which, unfortunately, went unspecified) at Cosmopolitan, went to FedEx at the hotel and stopped shoes at $ 11,000 before being sent to Williams. Literally: shoe money.

Symbolism is so on the nose it is preventative.

Room for Kansas? Of course. Jayhawks was an important target for the first federal trial, although the federal government designated the coaching staff and the university as the victim of fraud committed by Dawkins, Code and former Adidas associate Jim Gatto. Despite the fact that prosecutors working for the government in this case showed video on Thursday of code talking about Kansas in the following terms: “Kansas touches me as it does Christian because these relationships are blatant and very difficult to overcome.”

Blazer’s testimony supported this, with the witness that Kansas was “not a school we would crack” because of Jayhawk’s coaches alleged ties to other influencers.

At the Code’s meeting with Dawkins, the undercover agent and Blazer in New York, in June 2017 – before Code accepts $ 2,000 from the agent – he discusses the reality of what works on all three levels of basketball – high school, college, and pro is like.

“So, if I let my child go to Kentucky, I promise you I won’t get him back,” Code says in that video. “If I sounded – Brian Bowen was going to Oregon and I was like he wouldn’t go to Oregon. Don’t get him back.”

The code says Bowen’s offer to go to Oregon “was astronomical. I said he wouldn’t go.”

Bowen wound up in Louisville. The code was correct. The indictment hopes that this is absolutely the case here. Every coach and school in college basketball root for the opposite. But in reality they know what is happening. They know this is the sport, this is the game, and so many have played it for decades.

Never before had it become clear, all in video, in a scene that is not more suitable or surprising: Vegas, baby.

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