February 23, 2018 at 2:05 PM
Maryland men’s basketball Coach Mark Turgeon on Friday denied having any contact with the sports agency that was alleged in a news report to have made more than $14,000 in illegal payments to former Terrapins center Diamond Stone.
The report by Yahoo Sports, which details discoveries made in the ongoing FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, described Stone as receiving $14,303 in payments from the ASM Sports agency, which was run by former NBA agent Andy Miller and his associate, Christian Dawkins.
Turgeon was expected to meet the media on Friday afternoon, along with his team’s three seniors, ahead of Saturday’s regular season finale against Michigan in College Park. That session was cancelled and Turgeon instead issued a statement through the Maryland athletic department.
“Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation,” Turgeon said in the statement. “I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community.”
The school said Turgeon will be made available to speak with members of the media after Saturday’s game.
Zack Bolno, spokesman for the Maryland athletic department, said that Maryland had not been contacted by the NCAA about the corruption case as of Friday afternoon.
Stone, who played one season at Maryland in 2015-2016 before declaring for the draft that spring, was one of more than two dozen players from at least 20 Division I programs listed in the report as receiving benefits from Miller’s agency. It remains unclear when Stone allegedly was paid, but he didn’t end up signing with ASM; he instead inked with Tandem Sports + Entertainment in April 2016 before beginning what has been a nomadic professional career.
Stone, who could not be immediately reached for comment, was the 40th pick in the 2016 NBA draft; he was traded from New Orleans to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night and has already spent time with multiple teams in the NBA’s G-League. He currently plays for the Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate of the NBA’s Utah Jazz.
Stone’s father, Bob Stone, who helped spearhead his recruitment to Maryland in the spring of 2015, did not return messages seeking comment.
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