The first part of a federal investigation into college basketball is over, and aspiring agent Christian Dawkins was one of the people convicted.
This week, the feds have given the NCAA permission to investigate the rules violations on their own, meaning more penalties could be coming to colleges involved in the scandal.
According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, two Kentucky players — former F Jarred Vanderbilt and current G Ashton Hagans — were mentioned in documents obtained by ESPN:
According to the email, Dawkins planned to give Vanderbilt’s family $30,000 in travel expenses to watch him play for the Wildcats last season, plus his father was going to get a $25,000 signing bonus when his son turned pro.
“Brother Jamal and dad will also be a part of the deal, and receive 25% of our income on all sides,” Dawkins wrote.
Dawkins proposed giving Vanderbilt a $100,000 line of credit and $25,000 advance on his marketing revenue if he was projected as a lottery pick at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Vanderbilt played in only 14 games for the Wildcats because of a foot injury and was a second-round pick of the Magic.
Dawkins also planned to recruit 2019 point guard prospect Ashton Hagans of Cartersville, Georgia, who reclassified to the 2018 class and is a freshman at Kentucky. According to the email, Dawkins wanted to pay Hagans $2,000 per month from October 2017 to October 2018, then $3,000 monthly through April 2020.
Just because the players were mentioned in the documents doesn’t mean they accepted any money or did anything wrong, though it is certainly a situation that will need to be monitored moving forward.
Read the full report here.