Sources: Miller, Wade to appear to testify

The lawyers representing the two remaining defendants in a federal criminal trial for corruption in university basketball notified representatives of From Arizona Sean Miller and LSU Will Wade that coaches will be summoned to testify during the April trial in New York, sources told ESPN on Monday.

  • Arizona Wildcats director of sports, Dave Heeke, said Saturday night that he fully supports coach Sean Miller and the leadership of the men's basketball program after passing the school earlier in the year. week to assistant coach Mark Phelps.

  • Arizona Men's Assistant Basketball Coach Mark Phelps was suspended. Sources told ESPN that he was accused of violating the academic transcripts of former Wildcats rookie Shareef O. Neal.

  • Charges against Chuck Person, former basketball assistant at Auburn, and former NBA referee, Rashan Michel, will remain active after a judge has refused to return them.

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In a criminal trial held in October, evidence suggests that Miller and Wade had connections with Christian Dawkins, a runner of former NBA agent Andy Miller, who was trying to create his own management agency.

Dawkins and the former Adidas consultant, Merl Code, are facing charges of bribery in the context of the April trial. They are accused of bribing three former assistant coaches – Emanuel "Book" Richardson, Arizona. The state of Oklahoma Lamont Evans and USC Tony Bland – to direct gamers to some financial advisors and the emerging Dawkins management company once they've become professional.

Yahoo Sports first reported details of the assignment notifications.

Richardson, Evans and Bland, who were accused of accepting bribes of $ 22,000 from Code and Dawkins, have entered into plea agreements with federal prosecutors. It is unclear whether they will testify at the next trial.

Defense lawyers have not yet decided whether they would summon other coaches, including Greg McDermott from Creighton, sources told ESPN.

Dawkins attorney Steven Haney of Detroit told ESPN last month that he anticipated new evidence of widespread recruitment violations, some of which were captured by wiretapping on Dawkins' phone, revealed at of the April trial.

"I think there is a conduct in this case that is not charged in the indictment and that has to be revealed," Haney said. "We want the truth to be revealed and it will be."

An Outside the Lines analysis of Dawkins' cell phone records from May 3, 2017 to July 2, 2017 shows that at least 13 phone calls were made regarding a phone number belonging to Sean Miller. The recordings show that each of the calls Dawkins made or received from the Miller number lasted at least five minutes.

During the October trial, Brian Bowen Sr., the father of Brian Bowen II, the old Louisville sign, testified that Dawkins had told him that the assistant coach of Arizona, Joe Pasternack, had offered Bowen $ 50,000 to sign with the Wildcats. Pasternack is now the head coach of Santa Barbara UC.

Defense lawyers at the trial also suggested that Arizona offered – or was willing to offer – $ 150,000 to the current North Carolina player Nassir Little sign with the Wildcats. The government and defense lawyers agreed that the money was not being asked on behalf of Little's family.

ESPN reported in February 2018 that Dawkins and Miller had discussed a $ 100,000 payment guaranteeing that featured center Deandre Ayton, the number one choice in the June NBA draft, signed with the Wildcats of the promotion of 2017.

Earlier this month, Arizona launched the dismissal process of male basketball assistant coach Mark Phelps while suspending him for an indefinite period, announced the school in a communicated.

Sources told ESPN that Phelps is charged with a violation involving a former Arizona rookie Shareef O 'NealTranscripts from. O 'Neal, the son of former NBA star Shaquille O' Neal, was engaged to the Wildcats in 2017 before signing with UCLA.

Code, Dawkins and James Gatto, an Adidas leader, were convicted of fraud by the federal government in October for forwarding Adidas money to parents and / or recruits' tutors. prestigious to encourage them to sign with schools sponsored by Adidas, including Kansas, Louisville and NC. State. Their sentence is March 5th.

Arizona officials have denied many open registry applications from ESPN regarding any subpoenas that the federal government had assigned to a university to obtain information and testimony before the grand jury related to the # 39; investigation. They also refused to provide Miller's cell phone records and correspondence with university officials. They repeatedly cited "the balance test established by the Arizona courts to protect the best interests of the state" in their refusal to disclose the documents.

The evidence presented by the government during the October trial revealed that Dawkins also claimed to be closely associated with Rawle Alkins, a two-year starter in Arizona before becoming professional after last season. It was not drafted and signed a bilateral agreement with the Chicago Bulls in July.

In an email dated September 5, 2017, Dawkins sent to his business partner, Munish Sood, detailed information about the payments he was planning to make to Alkins and his cousin, Rodney Labossiere. Labossiere, who grew up with Alkins in New York, moved to Tucson, Arizona, in September 2017, according to property records reviewed by Outside the Lines.

Dawkins wrote that he planned to pay $ 2,500 a month to Alkins from September 2017 to April 2018 – when Alkins was still playing for Arizona – as well as $ 30,000 in travel expenses for his family. He also wanted to give Labossière a four-year contract to become director of his sports management company.

"Rodney will get 25% of the net income we generate from Rawle, as well as additional players that he will bring in the future," wrote Dawkins. "Rodney has a bonus structure in his contract as well as to deliver the players to [$]10,000 for a first round pick. $ 2,000 for a second round choice. "

Dawkins' telephone records indicate that there were 33 calls made to a number belonging to Labossière from May 7 to July 2, 2017.

Dawkins also had at least three phone calls with a mobile phone number belonging to Wade, each between June 19, 2017 and June 30, 2017, after Bowen II enlisted in Louisville.

Wade had previously told the SEC network that he had never discussed with Dawkins any undue benefits to a player.

"What I am going to say is that I am very proud of everything I have done as a LSU basketball coach," Wade said. "I have never done business with Christian Dawkins."

Casey Donnelly, one of Gatto's attorneys, attempted to introduce an audio recording of a call between Wade and Dawkins during the October trial. She did not provide a date for the call. According to the transcript Donnelly read in the absence of the jury, Dawkins called Wade to investigate LSU's interest in Balsa Koprivica, a 7-foot center located in Montverde, Florida.

"So you told me in Atlanta that there was a child from 2019 that I wanted to recruit, they could get him to LSU, you would have funded," Dawkins told Wade, according to Donnelly. "Would you like Balsa?"

"Oh, the big child?" Wade asked.

"Yes," Dawkins confirmed.

"OK, but there are others [expletive] involved in that, "said Wade. I have to close my door. … Here's my thing: I can find what you need, but it must work. "

On June 21, 2017, Koprivica tweeted: "Glad to say that I received an offer from LSU."

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