COLUMBIA, S.C., NOV. 12 -- State police have been asked to investigate allegations that a high school basketball player was given this choice: Play at South Carolina or see his brother put in jail for life.

According to a report published today in the Columbia Record, solicitor James Anders has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to look into charges that a judge and others put pressure on Stanley Roberts' family to force him to attend South Carolina. Roberts' brother faces a murder charge.

SLED spokesman Hugh Munn said an SLED agent had spoken to Anders about the case and the agent told Anders the allegation appears to be "unfounded." However, the agent "has one or two more people to interview," Munn said.

Roberts, a Lower Richland High School star who is considered one of the top prep prospects in the nation, on Wednesday signed a letter of intent with Louisiana State.

The newspaper said that Anders had become aware of charges that if Roberts did not sign with South Carolina, his brother would do "hard time." John Wayne Roberts has been charged with the murder of a Richland County man in April.

Anders said he asked for the investigation after getting a telephone call from a Louisiana attorney familiar with the situation.