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Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Former Adidas consultant TJ Gassnola, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and testified during this month's federal criminal case concerning corruption in college basketball, will be sentenced on Feb. 1. Gassnola is accused of helping facilitate $90,000 to former Kansas player Billy Preston's mother, $20,000 to current Jayhawks player Silvio De Sousa's guardian and $40,000 to former NC State player Dennis Smith Jr.'s father.

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3dMark Schlabach

Attorney: Adidas OK'd payment at Self's request

An attorney for Adidas executive James Gatto said Gatto approved a $20K payment to the guardian of Kansas player Silvio De Sousa only after coach Bill Self requested it.

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5dMark Schlabach

Transcript: LSU's Wade talked funds for recruit

According to transcripts of calls read in court on Tuesday, LSU coach Will Wade and Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend were prepared to offer improper benefits to high-profile recruits and their families.

Text messages reveal Kansas coaches knew of violations (1:15)
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7dMark Schlabach

Texts show Kansas coaches knew of Adidas role

Text messages presented by defense attorneys on Monday indicated the Kansas coaches were at least aware of former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola's involvement in the Jayhawks' recruitment of current player Silvio De Sousa, a native of Angola.

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10dJeff Borzello

Payments to influence 2 Kansas players detailed

A former consultant for Adidas, T.J. Gassnola, testified about payments he made to an ex-NC State assistant coach to influence Dennis Smith Jr. and payments to family and friends of two Kansas players, Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa.

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11dJeff Borzello

Ex-Adidas consultant says he paid Ayton's family

Ex-Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified he made payments to the families of Deandre Ayton, Silvio De Sousa, Dennis Smith Jr., Brian Bowen Jr. and Billy Preston.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Self says today, minutes after sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa was named in federal court as receiving cash from TJ Gassnola of Adidas, that the Jayhawks are "taking the approach ... that we're going to have Silvio De Sousa" eligible to play in 2018-19.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

"Our offense isn't very good," says Kansas' Bill Self. Beware the coach who criticizes his team from the outset. KU will open this season much stronger in the frontcourt than in recent seasons. It may take longer to get there, Self says, but the ceiling is extremely high.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike stops by "GIF Central" at media day inside Allen Fieldhouse.

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17dMark Schlabach and Jeff Borzello

Bowen details college cash offers for son's play

Brian Bowen Sr., during testimony in a federal trial involving corruption in college basketball, rattled off cash offers made to him by universities coveting his son.

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20dMark Schlabach

Jury selection begins in college hoops scandal

Almost a year after the first arrests were made in the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption, jury selection has begun for the first trial.

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21dMark Schlabach

Why the NCAA hoops scandal will likely spread as trial starts

As the first federal trial begins Monday in a corruption scandal that threatens to engulf college basketball, the coaches at four schools mentioned in the indictment are not the only ones nervous. Coaches at a half-dozen other schools could come up.

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24dMark Schlabach

Trial watch: NCAA hoops moves from court to courtroom

The government alleges defendants defrauded certain NCAA Division I schools by causing them to issue financial aid to players who were ineligible because their families had received illicit payments to sign with Adidas-sponsored teams.

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41dMyron Medcalf

Best- and worst-case scenario for each Top 25 team

For some teams, a win in the NCAA tournament would be a significant achievement. For the elite contenders, anything short of a Final Four run would be a disappointment.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Espn no.8 Josh Green cut his final list to six schools. He gives his thoughts to Espn on each program. Villanova: "A great school. They have an extremely successful history, especially over the last few years, winning two national championships. They have a great coaching staff who are very good at developing the team and players and helping them get to the next level." UNLV: "An opportunity for me to be able to get back out on the court with my brother Jay again. This means a lot to me as he has helped me so much in my progression as a basketball player, and I'd love for us to win a Mountain West title and help keep the program getting better and better." UNC: "A program with amazing history and they are consistently successful both as a team, and also at developing players. Growing up as a kid it was my dream school, so it's very cool for me to be able to say I could have the opportunity to play there, and for Roy Williams." Kansas: "Also a school with a history of success, and they have had many good guards come through the school and achieve great things." Arizona: "They have been with me since the start. They have a great program and staff who have really developed players well and have been very successful every year in the Pac 12." USC: "They have already got about the best recruiting class in my age group, and will be a top team in 2019. Their program is very strong and I know I would come out a much better player."

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89dMark Schlabach

Subpoenas sought Kansas info on two recruits

The subpoenas requested materials related to the recruitment and enrollment of two Kansas players, whose names were redacted in the documents released by the university.

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Assists Per Game16.617th
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Final Fours14
Tournament Record103-45
Championship Seasons1952, 1988, 2008
Tournament Appearances46