The Maryland Terrapins were named in documents obtained by Yahoo! Sports, showing that former players were receiving improper benefits.
The probe involves Andy Miller and his agency, ASM Sports. It includes documents stating that Miller paid a number of players while they were in college. These payments ranged from advances to athletes, shoe money, and dinners with family members.
Former Terrapin Diamond Stone was mentioned as receiving $14,303 from Miller during his one season at Maryland. Specifically, Stone is listed to have received four “advances” which ranged from $500 to $600 and was given $53.94 for a Lyft ride to a meeting in Washington, D.C.
Mark Turgeon postponed his media availability on Friday, but released a statement:
“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. 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.”
It is unclear if the NCAA will be pursuing punishments for the athletic department at Maryland if they really knew nothing about Stone talking with an agent. It does not seem to be a deep-seeded issue at Maryland, as no other players were listed.
In his one season at Maryland Stone struggled to find his footing as he averaged 12 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes per game. His inconsistent play led some to believe that another year in college would help him, but he wanted to take his talents to the next level.
Stone was drafted in the second round (40th overall) by the New Orleans Pelicans and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. In seven NBA games, Stone averaged just 1.4 points in 3.5 minutes per game. He has since bounced around the NBA’s G League, playing for affiliates of the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, and is now in his second stint with the Utah Jazz’s affiliate.
Other notable schools listed in the documents include: Alabama, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas, and USC. Major players such as Dennis Smith Jr, Markelle Fultz, and even current Michigan State Spartan Miles Bridges were also named in this report.
This story will continue to develop once the NCAA is able to investigate each incident.