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.