The FBI has given the NCAA the go-ahead to move forward with their investigations into possible rules violations by the schools mentioned in its probe into college basketball. Tonight, ESPN is reporting that former Kentucky player Jarred Vanderbilt and current Cat Ashton Hagans were two of 19 players mentioned in a business plan would-be agent Christian Dawkins proposed to his partners back in September 2017.
Vanderbilt’s mention is the more concerning of the two considering he had already signed with Kentucky and was on campus at the time of the email. From 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 mentioned Hagans, now a freshman at Kentucky, as a future recruit he was also targeting, along with 2019 prospect James Wiseman.
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.
It’s important to note that, unlike some of the players mentioned in the plan, there is no proof that Vanderbilt or Hagans agreed to this plan or even met or communicated with Dawkins. For more, click the link below.