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Friday / January 19.
  • RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal fraud and bribery scandal shaking college basketball has led to a key question of what will happen to recruits who received money linked to attending certain schools.

    It could mean the permanent loss of college eligibility for some players for violating a core NCAA rule prohibiting improper benefits. But there’s also the chance that some ineligible players could go through the NCAA’s reinstatement process and eventually play after sitting out some games.

    “Some of them will possibly not play depending on how large the benefits or inducements were,” said Michael L. Buckner, a Florida-based attorney who has worked on infractions cases. “Others, it’s going to impact them some, some of them may have to be withheld (from games). But I think overall, they’re going to have that stigma that they were involved in this fraud and corruption scandal.”

    The case went public Tuesday, with federal prosecutors announcing that 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches at power-conference programs — were charged with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors and agents.

    Jalen Carey has eliminated Miami from his list of schools “amid the FBI investigation” and is down to Syracuse and UConn, his father John Carey told ZAGSBLOG.

    Miami was supposed to visit with Carey at Montclair (N.J.) Immaculate Conception on Tuesday but did not come to see him.

    Miami this week confirmed the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a member of the Miami coaching staff and a potential recruit as part of national probe into corruption and bribery in college basketball, as the Sun Sentinel reported this week.

    The AAU team for Nassir Little, a 6-foot-7 senior wing from Orlando Christian Prep, who has been named in some reports as that recruit, denied any wrongdoing via a Twitter post on Thursday.


    Here’s a look ahead to this weekend’s recruiting visits:

    **Kansas hosts 2018 recruits Zion Williamson, and recent commit David McCormack for “Late Night in the Phog” this weekend (Sept. 30). They will also host 2019’s Malik HallN’faly Dante, Zach Harvey, Samuell Williamson, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and James Wiseman, per sources.

    **Villanova hosts the 2019 duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis for their unofficial visits. Antoine and Lewis spoke with ZAGSBLOG earlier this year about the possibility of a package deal.

    **Rutgers hosts a trio of 2018 commits in Mac McClung, Ron Harper Jr., and Montez Mathis for their official visits during Midnight Madness (Sept. 29). Mamadou Doucoure, who will not be visiting this weekend, helps make up the Scarlett Knights 2018 class, which is ranked by Scout as the No. 20 recruiting class in 2018.

    **Anthony Nelson, the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Class of 2018 point guard from the NY Lightning and South Kent (CT), will visit Seton Hall this weekend after tripping to Dayton last weekend. He hits Clemson next weekend.