In March, N.C. State released an FBI subpoena requesting information regarding Smith and former coach Mark Gottfried, who was fired in 2017 and is now the Cal-State Northridge coach. The 5-page subpoena, published by the Raleigh News & Observer, requested “all documents regarding the recruitment and enrollment” of Smith. In terms of Kansas, the indictment mentions two players, one of whom committed “in or around October 2016” and one who committed Aug. 30, 2017. No players committed to Kansas in October of that year, according to the JayhawkSlant.com database, but Billy Preston committed to Kansas Nov. 6, 2016. The 6-10 Preston never ended up playing at Kansas and left the University in January of this year for a brief pro career in Bosnia. The indictment alleges Gatto “and others, known and unknown, conspired to funnel at least $90,000 from [Adidas] to the mother of a top high school basketball player. The payments were made in connection with a commitment by the student-athlete to attend the University of Kansas.” The indictment says the player’s parent was “personally delivered approximately $30,000… at a hotel room in New York, New York” by “CC-3,” or Gassnola.
Dennis Smith committed to NC State in Sept. 2015. Charges allege James Gatto “illicitly funneled approximately $40,000” from Adidas to the player’s father. pic.twitter.com/x5FvhAOrGm— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 10, 2018
Silvio de Sousa committed to Kansas on Aug. 30, 2017 and then enrolled at the semester break after spending the first semester at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The indictment mentions “another $20,000 payment” to the guardian of the player who committed Aug. 30, and says Gatto and “CC-3” discussed how reimbursement would be made.
Billy Preston – 11/6/2016 This report references a player who committed “in or around October 2016” to Kansas. pic.twitter.com/azFBiVrX9A — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 10, 2018
The second Kansas player mentioned in the report committed Aug. 30, 2017 – which is when Silvio de Sousa committed. https://t.co/XwujJUCHgb— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 10, 2018
Silvio De Sousa appears to be caught in this, too.Indictment references a “surprise” commitment decision on August 30, 2017. See the photos: Later, the indictment says that a college coach asked for $20,000 to pay the player to override a previous deal the player had made. pic.twitter.com/OL9VCrVfFe — Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) April 10, 2018
Joe Monaco, Director of Strategic Communications at Kansas, issued the following statement Tuesday evening:
“Earlier today, we learned that the University of Kansas is named as a victim in a federal indictment. The indictment does not suggest any wrongdoing by the university, its coaches or its staff. We will cooperate fully with investigators in this matter. Because this is an active investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”The U.S. Attorney’s Office said: “The investigation remains ongoing. The FBI strongly encourages anyone with information they believe to be relevant to contact the FBI by calling a special hot line established to receive tips in connection with this investigation: 212-384-2135.” Photo: AP Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook