In an interview with the New York Post, the father of a former Louisville basketball star claims a “rival school” offered his son $100,000 in the recruiting process.
“When my son was in high school, I was approached at an AAU tournament by someone from a rival of Louisville’s. He said, “If you want to go to our school, we can get you $100,000.”’
He didn’t accept any money because he wanted to do it the “right way” and maintain the obvious moral high ground that comes with attending THE University of Louisville as a student-athlete.
Going into the recruiting process, I knew one thing: I was proud of my son, and I wanted to protect him. I didn’t want to do anything that would jeopardize his future.
When talking to coaches, I made it clear that we weren’t looking for financial compensation.
Though most Kentucky fans are worried this “rival” school means this has something to do with the Wildcats, don’t sweat it. He claims the Adidas reps pushed him toward a school in the Big Ten and another in the Big 12 with Adidas contracts.
As he started looking at schools, an Adidas rep tried to push us toward a school in the Big Ten and another in the Big 12 that Adidas had contracts with. There is no doubt they are surrogates for the schools. Adidas pushes their kids to go to Adidas schools, and it’s the same with Nike.
Quite honestly, we never let the Adidas rep get too close to us, but I’ve watched it with players who didn’t have a stable home. Families get preyed upon by sneaker reps all of the time.
So the father claims his son was a highly-recruited athlete out of high school that made a decision between “Louisville and another school that had National Championship titles and was no stranger to the Final Four,” with those two schools being the final two on his list. He also says his son was a former baseball standout, but played for an Adidas-sponsored AAU program since he was 13 years old.
You can read the entire New York Post article here.