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Latest FBI emails recovered involve Brian Bowen, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, and more

Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Kansas, and (more) Arizona, come on down!

Yahoo! Sports released another report late last night involving recovered emails in the FBI scandal, with the fascinating recruitment of five-star Brian Bowen being heavily discussed.

Christian Dawkins, one of the central figures in this FBI investigation, reportedly “dangled” Bowen, among other prospects, to various teams and coaches. In fact, Bowen was used as “trade bait” to steer talented recruits/players on the team to ASM Sports.

Two of the assistant coaches named in the emails: Dwayne Stephens of Michigan State and Chuck Martin, formerly of Indiana, and currently with South Carolina.

Dawkins, 24, provides a roadmap for the quid-pro-quo relationship between the agent world and college coaches. He dangles a high school prospect – five-star recruit Brian Bowen – as potential trade bait for schools to steer their best players to ASM Sports. On the same July day, Dawkins wrote to Miller that he connected with two Big Ten assistants, Dwayne Stephens of Michigan State and Chuck Martin, formerly of Indiana.

“Dwayne Stephens – Trying to close the deal on Brian Bowen for Michigan State. Trying to do a trade deal for (Spartans) Gary Harris, Miles Bridges, etc”

“Chuck Martin – Trying to close the deal on Brian Bowen for Indiana. I told him if we can work together and if he can push for us to get (Hoosiers) Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby two projected first rounders from IU this year we can work something out.”

Arizona also reportedly got in on the Bowen action, adding to their $100K payment for DeAndre Ayton.

“Now I can’t promise that this kid that they want [Bowen] is going to Arizona, but Joe told me verbatim he will help us get all the Arizona players so put his feet to the fire.”

After all parties talked, Louisville was declared the winner, and the end of the Rick Pitino era came.

Dawkins ran the recruitment of Bowen, the decorated high school recruit who turned up in one of the U.S. Attorney’s criminal complaints as being allegedly sold to Louisville, via Adidas, for a six-figure payment. (That revelation led to the firing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.)

After Bowen signed with Louisville last summer, Rick Pitino oddly told Terry Meiners that he spent “zero dollars” on Bowen and that in 40 years of coaching, it was the “luckiest” he had ever been.

“We got lucky on this one,” Pitino told Terry Meiners. “I had an AAU director call me and ask me if I’d be interested in a player (Bowen) I saw him against another great player from Indiana. I said ‘Yeah, I’d be really interested.’ They had to come in unofficially, pay for their hotel, pay for their meals. We spent zero dollars recruiting a five-star athlete who I loved when I say him play. In my 40 years of coaching this is the luckiest I’ve been.”

Now we know, in essence, Michigan State, Indiana, Arizona, Louisville and others were in a bidding war for the five-star athlete.

Interestingly enough, Chuck Martin, the Indiana assistant involved in the original set of emails, ended up at South Carolina following the scandal… the same place Bowen ended up after leaving Louisville… Hmm…

Arizona also jumped in the action AGAIN, including players such as Rawle Alkins and Lauri Markkanen, to go with DeAndre Ayton and Brian Bowen.

The emails illustrate how Dawkins attempted to manipulate a powerful collegiate program like Arizona and how the client recruitment dance plays out in the recruiting world.

Dawkins, 24, who has no formal college education and was in his early 20s at the time, slowly accumulated power with the Arizona staff to the point where he’s heard on federal wiretaps saying he can attend Arizona practices “like I’m on the team.”

There are more Arizona mentions in Dawkins’ emails on Aug. 18 in reference to former Wildcats assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson.

Dawkins writes to Andy Miller and others: “coach book from Arizona called me and basically told me he wants me to take [current Arizona guard] rawle alkins. He said he is picking the agent, period….What’s your position on the situation?”

He goes on to encourage Vye, a veteran ASM agent, to build a relationship with Markkanen’s father. “Arizona will do pretty much whatever we ask of them right now, until my kid decides on a school.”

We’ve been waiting for Kansas’ involvement to come out since news broke back in September. Josh Jackson was listed on the leaked document yesterday morning for receiving a loan of $2,700. In the latest Yahoo! emails, Jackson’s mother, Apples Jones, was getting $10,000 a month from Under Armour, on top of the payments from Adidas.

In the same email, Dawkins summarized a meeting with Apples Jones, the mother of Kansas’ Josh Jackson and a self-styled AAU entrepreneur: “His situation is going to get done at the very end. UA is giving her 10k a month and she’s also getting paid by adidas now — so she’s plenty taken care of.

Washington’s Markelle Fultz, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame, Xavier’s Edmond Sumner, and Iowa State’s Monte Morris were all also included in the emails and the complete report, which can be read in its entirety here.

Most importantly, Kentucky wasn’t named in the latest breaking news at all.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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25 Comments for Latest FBI emails recovered involve Brian Bowen, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, and more

  1. UKinIN
    2:18 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Using the name of a school or a coach in an email doesn’t prove anything. It may be nothing more than strong-arm tactics. Even the NCAA will need more evidence than an email from Christian Dawkins. My only point is that no one should jump to conclusions. Archie Miller and Arizona were mentioned but until the news broke that there was a recording of Miller arranging money for Ayton, Miller deserved to be considered innocent.

    • 2thepoint
      3:11 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Uh, you forgot to mention all those FBI wiretaps!

    • Bobbum Man
      4:27 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Except for when he mentioned the recording of miller…

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    2:40 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Didn’t you just pretty much lift this entire blurb from Yahoo Sports? At least you gave them credit.

    • crazycatfan65
      4:35 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Whats the big deal dude? You sound like a bitter old man because you not writing the articles. Cards Chronicle maybe more your style.

  3. Alex90
    2:47 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    So Bowen was connected to the former IU assistant that’s now at South Carolina and that’s where he goes after Louisville? Kid isn’t very bright

    • fireants25
      4:44 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Haha nope!

  4. 4everUKblue
    3:00 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    My sources say Luether and all his UofLittleBro buddies are disappointed UK wasn’t mentioned.

  5. sj
    3:16 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    I want to know why the FBI is sharing information with pete thamel and pat forde of all people, but not the ncaa or even the schools involved, seems kind of backwards

    • crazycatfan65
      3:50 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t see the FBI sharing anything with these 2 goofballs. My common sense tells me that some defense attorney is the one leaking the info.

    • Ridge Runner
      4:05 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      sj… crazycat is right but I see your overall point

    • fireants25
      4:44 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      No kidding wtf lol head scratcher right there

  6. Ridge Runner
    4:02 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    This is becoming like a recent movie… Happy Death Day except with different chapters and characters

  7. Mathlete
    4:26 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    If Bam is the worst of our involvement in all of this, the rest of the fans are going to lose their minds about how it’s not possible for us to be this good and clean at the same time

    • Ridge Runner
      4:37 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      I did think about that earlier, Math. So true

  8. BannerDown2018
    5:02 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Pretty sure we’re going to be involved, this whole scandal is bigger then basketball. Nike’s gotta be involved with this, it’s a shame. I could be wrong though, but I’d be willing to say all top 30 programs are involved.

  9. Rmhall
    5:03 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone hear of Bam saying on NBA TV that he never took a dime and that if it was all about money he would have went overseas?

    Also, that he would be willing to take a polygraph to prove it and that he is getting his degree at UK and would not do anything to jeopardize that?

    I had a friend that said he saw this on NBA TV but I can’t find anything about it.

    While I don’t have a hard time believing this may be true, I just think it would be everywhere if he really said it.

    • timbo
      8:06 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      His high school coach denied it (they still are close and talked about it that day). I read the original “loan” ($12000, was it?) actually went to a “friend” who was supposed to deliver him to the agency. I wouldn’t be surprised if this pencil-whipped spread sheet is their way of keeping track of their business expenses to make sure they’re making a profit. So a “bad loan” meant that money was in the red, even though it might not have been directly handed to the player specifically mentioned and they might not have spoken at all. I’m with those above. These “leaks” are ridiculous and meant to capture more spiders in the web. I refuse to believe (from a schools and coaches perspective) that this behavior is so widespread. No way it could be kept under wraps for any length of time if “everyone does it”. That’s cynical.

  10. sp
    6:05 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    I’m starting to think this guy was forging expense reports to get himself more money.

  11. 4everUKblue
    6:05 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    I trust Cal 100%

  12. Smyrna_Cat
    6:08 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry CrrazyCat, you seem to be more tolerant of shoddy, lazy “bloggism” than I do. Too mad you tolerance doesn’t extend to others. You that cranky?

  13. big cat
    9:25 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    How many past and current ESPN analysts that played or coached in NCAA ever cheated? We might not ever know but I hate ESPN smug commentators and anaylsts that jump to conclusions.

  14. big cat
    9:28 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    The NCAA doesnt want schools punished do they? They have everything to lose if Power 5 collapse their dynasty.