It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, but this morning, the University of Maryland confirmed it received two subpoenas regarding assistant coach Orlando Ranson and an unnamed player’s relationship with agent Christian Dawkins, one of the central figures in the investigation.
InsideMDSports is reporting that unnamed player is Diamond Stone, a one-time Kentucky recruit, who reportedly received more than $14,000 from agent Andy Miller, whom Dawkins worked for as a runner. The second subpoena requested any records pertaining to Silvio De Sousa, a recruit that many believed was headed to Maryland, an Under Armour school, but ended up at Kansas, an adidas school that’s already been named in the investigation.
In an April superseding indictment, a guardian of a Kansas recruit told Adidas they had received illicit payments in return for a commitment to steer the athlete to a university sponsored by a rival athletic apparel company. The guardian said the player favored Kansas and needed “another $20,000 payment” to “help get the student-athlete ‘out from under’ the deal.”
The indictment then alleged the player made a surprise commitment to Kansas on Aug. 30, 2017. News accounts on that date show Silvio De Sousa, a native of Angola who attended IMG Academy in Florida, committed to Kansas. Previously, De Sousa was considered a strong favorite to attend Maryland, which has an apparel contract with Under Armor.
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