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Only 2 Of The Current Players Named In Yahoo, ESPN Reports Are Being Held Out

Two basketballs ahead of the Final Four.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: A detail of NCAA Official Wilson basketballs are seen racked up on the court prior to Oregon playing against Louisville during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Nine current players were identified in yesterday's big Yahoo Sports report on the ongoing FBI college basketball probe. Another, Arizona's Deandre Ayton, was the focus of an ESPN report last night.

In total, 10 current players were connected to the corruption investigations. The level of payment which they are alleged to have received, or been offered at least, vary greatly.

Some only received a meal from Christian Dawkins, the man whose documents were at the center of the Yahoo report. Any impermissible benefit for a meal under $200 can be taken care of with an equal charitable donation. It isn't even clear if Dawkins necessarily paid for all of those meals to begin with.

On the other hand, Ayton was reportedly being tabbed for a $100,000 payment, according to ESPN's report. Arizona head coach Sean Miller was wiretapped, and discussed the possibility of paying the star center.

Brian Bowen was also in line to receive six figures. He was set to play at Louisville, until the FBI initially revealed its probe back in September. He has since transferred to South Carolina, and is expected to be able to play for the Gamecocks next year.

Here is how each current player's status is being handled by the schools identified in the Yahoo Sports and ESPN reports about the FBI college basketball probe.

Alabama: Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton is among the players whose family members allegedly shared a meal with Dawkins. No value has been placed on the meal, and it is unclear who paid for it.

On Friday, head coach Avery Johnson said that he believes Sexton will play going forward. From

It, however, isn't impacting his availability for the 5 p.m. CT Saturday game with Arkansas in Coleman Coliseum. Coach Avery Johnson said he saw the report and didn't have any updates on his status. The coach was asked specifically if he'd play against the Razorbacks,

"Yes," Johnson said. "At this time, we anticipate that."

Arizona: Deandre Ayton

Ayton is the main focus of ESPN's article on Sean Miller, who reportedly supported payment for the elite center. Miller will not coach tonight's Arizona game against Oregon, but Ayton will play.

Duke: Wendell Carter

Carter is one of the players who met with Dawkins. His mother also ate with Dawkins, according to his documents, with a lunch valued at $106.36.

If Carter's mother paid for her own meal, or he donated a matching amount to charity, his eligibility should not be affected. Duke has cleared him to play.

Kentucky: Kevin Knox

Knox's family also allegedly shared a meal with Dawkins, the value of which is not know. Knox's father has denied meeting with Dawkins. Kentucky has cleared its leading scorer to play.

Michigan State: Miles Bridges

Bridges's mother received a $400 advance payment, and his parents had a meal worth $70.05 with Dawkins, per his documents. Michigan State says it "thoroughly investigated" the matter, before clearing Bridges to play.

San Diego State: Malik Pope

Pope was featured in the "loans to players" section of Dawkins's documents. He received $1,400 according to the sheet.

San Diego State has "provisionally suspended" Pope, a starting Aztecs forward, as it looks into the matter. From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

San Diego State provisionally suspended senior Malik Pope from all team activities after he allegedly received a $1,400 loan from a pro agent, according to documents from the sweeping federal investigation into college basketball corruption.

South Carolina: Brian Bowen

Bowen was already sitting out, after transferring in from Louisville. He was identified as "Player-10" in the original FBI release about its probe, and his family was allegedly funneled $100,000 by an adidas representative, a payment that Rick Pitino, identified as "Coach-3," is said to have been aware of.

Texas: Eric Davis Jr.

Davis allegedly received payment of $1,500, according to the Yahoo report. He is one of the few players named so far in reports on the FBI college basketball probe that is being held out. From Texas's statement on Davis:

“We have initiated an internal review of the recent report that included allegations involving current and former University of Texas men’s basketball players. We are in the process of gathering facts, but I did meet with Eric Davis Jr. this afternoon and let him know we are withholding him from competition for precautionary reasons until further notice, pending the review of this situation.

USC: Bennie Boatwright

Boatwright is currently out for the season after tearing his ACL. USC says compliance will "look into into the allegations related to Bennie."

USC: Chimezie Metu

According to the Yahoo report, either Metu or adviser Johnny Parker received $2,000. USC has cleared Metu to play.

We'll continue to update as more comes out on this ever-evolving story on the FBI college basketball probe. I doubt these will be the only 10 players affected.