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Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting digs into Charles Bassey’s last two years

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You may remember the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting after they broke the story on “The Pope” Dan Johnson’s background and political career. This time the KYCIR has turned its attention to Western Kentucky commit Charles Bassey.

The report touches on a potential custody battle when Bassey left Nigeria, Bassey’s two academic and athletic years in America, Aspire Academy’s time partnered with Nick Roush’s DeSales High School, and Bassey’s guardian (Hennssy Auriantal).

You’ll need to read the entire story HERE. It’s some really interesting stuff and while nothing here will definitively keep Bassey from playing college basketball, it gives you a better idea why UK, Duke, North Carolina and other bluebloods didn’t bother recruiting Bassey.

A guy in Nigeria is claiming to have Bassey taken from him by Bassey’s guardian, Hennssy Auriantal. Auriantal’s track record of funneling players to schools is exposed, and other shady dealings. That will be what the NCAA is most interested in regarding Bassey’s eligibility.

The article talks about Aspire’s partnership with DeSales, which was just a one year deal. Aspire will now partner with Holy Cross. It certainly would appear from this article that Aspire didn’t live up to its academic expectations with DeSales, which makes sense since Aspire’s president said he didn’t believe Bassey had a diploma from DeSales.

But the NCAA will easily sort out the academics for Bassey. Either he will be eligible and have the grades, test scores and diploma to enroll at WKU this summer/fall, or he won’t. Proving there were impressible benefits or illegal NCAA transactions will be tougher to prove, but the KYCIR seems to be on the right track.

KYCIR reports that Aspire brought in Auriantal after Bassey was ineligible at his high school in Texas, but the guy who’s brought 45 players into America wasn’t listed on any Aspire financial records or on the team’s website.

Bassey committed to WKU earlier this month and the former 2019 recruit announced he will play this upcoming season.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all shakes out between Bassey, WKU and the NCAA.




Article written by TJ Walker

8 Comments for Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting digs into Charles Bassey’s last two years

  1. Bobbum Man
    9:32 pm June 26, 2018 Permalink

    So ur telling me a top ranked recruit committed to Western Kentucky and it may not have been 100% legit? My mind is blown

  2. tree_gardener
    10:03 pm June 26, 2018 Permalink

    I? live in bowling green and it’s hilarious listening to all of these WKU fans talk about this kid. Sure he might end up playing.. but they actually think that their coach is taking players from cal.

  3. FakeBrianLong
    10:03 pm June 26, 2018 Permalink

    The interesting tidbit here is how Holy Cross is now allowing any kid that wants to attend the school automatically in.

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    11:27 pm June 26, 2018 Permalink

    This is not a good look for WKU.

  5. bigfatstoopidE
    6:53 am June 27, 2018 Permalink

    I think I’ve gotten a couple of emails from the guy in Nigeria. He’s actually a prince and needs to transfer his fortune to America but needs assistance. Get this: all I had to do was give him my Social Security # and once the wire transfer goes through, I get a cool million! Any day now… #blessed

  6. Kentuckian 1st
    8:39 am June 27, 2018 Permalink

    I am a huge UK fan and WKU graduate.

    This is the 2nd top commit 10 recruit that WKU has landed in the last 2 years. Both times a family member or guardian was to be added to the coaching staff. If it is legal to do that – you can’t blame them.

    Personally I think WKU would have been heavily favored to win the conference this year even without the kid. (And he doesn’t look like a kid. 240+ without any baby fat.) Conference USA is theirs to lose. And they’ve changed the format so the top teams in the conference will play each other additional times to end the regular season in hopes of boosting the RPI.

    As to his eligibility, i hear that there is a lot of bad blood between the high schools because they wanted to keep the partnership and the players for more than 1 year. When they found out a few of the top kids were taking online classes to skip out of the last year of playing for them they threw mud.

  7. TBW3011
    9:39 am June 27, 2018 Permalink

    So who disabled the comments on a Bevin post where he isn’t getting crushed? Matt see it on vacation and do it or did far left TT take care of it?