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Sunday / October 13.
  • By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Representatives of Arizona’s Sean Miller and LSU’s Will Wade have been sent notice that they will be subpoenaed in the federal basketball corruption trial that begins April 22, legal sources confirmed to ZAGSBLOG. 

    “Their representatives have been contacted and agreed to accept service of process [or] subpoenas,” one legal source said.

    The news was first reported earlier Monday by Yahoo Sports.

    Both Arizona and LSU are Nike-sponsored schools, whereas the trial in September focused on Adidas-sponsored schools Kansas, Louisville and N.C. State, among others.

    In October, a jury in New York found that  former Adidas consultant Merl Code, Adidas executive Jim Gatto and would-be sports agent Christian Dawkins committed wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by paying families of coveted basketball prospects to get them to commit to programs sponsored by the shoe company. The sentencing date is set for March 5. Each federal charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, though the men are likely to serve between two and four years.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Duke has had no discussion of shutting down freshman phenom Zion Williamson for the rest of the season because of his right knee sprain, and there is no timetable on his return.

    The 6-foot-7 Williamson sat out then-No. 1 Duke’s win at Syracuse on Saturday and will miss Tuesday’s game at No. 20 Virginia Tech. He is listed as day-to-day going forward.

    “He’s not going to play but he’s getting better,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday.

    “There’s no timetable there. We don’t want to put the pressure of time on him. Let’s just take care of it. We have a great resume this season and we’re hoping to continue to do that. The main thing is for him to get healthy and for us to continue to improve.”

    Coach K previously said there was no talk of shutting Williamson down.

    “We would never play a kid who’s not ready,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, per ESPN. “We would never play a youngster who didn’t want to play. It’s not about that. He wants to play. He loves being at Duke. He doesn’t like being injured. It’s an injury you can get over in a shorter period of time. There’s just a protocol that we have to go through to make sure he’s completely ready. We’re not rushing anything, so that’s why we said day-to-day because it’s literally day-to-day.”

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Without Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and his Duke teammates will have to step up for however long the projected No. 1 Draft pick is out.

    That’s just what Barrett did Saturday night when he went for 30 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds as No. 1 Duke beat Syracuse, 75-65, at the Carrier Dome to avenge a home loss to the Orange last month. With the win, Duke improved to 7-0 on the road this season — the best mark in Division 1.

    “[Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told us] just to continue to be leaders,” Barrett told ESPN’s Maria Taylor of the plan sans Williamson. “We all have to do more with him out and that’s what we did today.”

    Williamson, the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, sat on the bench in sweats and is listed as day-to-day with a Grade 1 knee sprain suffered Wednesday against North Carolina. His status going forward remains unclear.