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Ashton Hagans and Jarred Vanderbilt Mentioned in FBI Document Given to NCAA


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The FBI has officially given word to the NCAA that they can move ahead with their investigations into programs mentioned in the college basketball probe.


On Wednesday night, a couple of names were released that will make Kentucky fans uneasy. A total of nineteen players were mentioned in a proposed plan with would-be agent Christian Dawkins in September 2017.


Former Kentucky Wildcat Jarred Vanderbilt and current freshman guard Ashton Hagans were two of the players mentioned. The following information is from ESPN.



According to the email, Dawkins planned to give Jarred Vanderbilt’s family $30,000 for travel expenses to watch him play last season at Kentucky. Additionally, his father was going to receive a $25,000 signing bonus when Vanderbilt turned pro.


Not only was Vanderbilt’s father mentioned in the plan, but so was his brother, Jamal Vanderbilt. Dawkins wrote, “Brother Jamal and dad will also be a part of the deal and receive 25% of our income on all sides.”


With the email dated September 2017, Vanderbilt was already on campus at Kentucky. At this point, there is no proof that a meeting or agreement occurred. As for Hagans, Dawkins mentioned him as a recruit he was targeting, along with 2019 UK target James Wiseman.



According to the email, Dawkins planned to pay Hagans $2,000 each month from October 2017 to October 2018, before increasing payments to $3,000 monthly through April 2020.


Like the situation with Vanderbilt, there is no proof that a meeting occurred or either family agreed to the plan. You can read the full report from ESPN here.


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