The various investigations into improper conduct by basketball agents and schools has led to some shocking revelations over the past year. One new discovery regarding former Arizona star DeAndre Ayton has gotten some special attention.
Per ESPN, a recent recording of former Arizona assistant Book Richardson to would-be agent Christian Dawkins revealed that Wildcats head coach Sean Miller allegedly was paying Ayton to play. Per the report, Miller was allegedly paying Ayton as much as $10,000 per month as a member of his program.
Miller has previously been accused of making payments to players, but completely denied it. He was suspended for one game during the 2018-19 season.
Ayton played one season for Arizona and was a huge part of the team's Pac-12 regular season and tournament title wins. His strong season for the Wildcats earned him numerous awards and accolades, as well as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The wiretaps were revealed as part of a trial alleging that Dawkins bribed college coaches.
One particular piece of testimony was particularly damning for Miller.
A recorded conversation between Miller and Dawkins regarding Ayton revealed the Arizona coach stating, "I'm taking care of everything myself. I wanna bring you in. I'll turn everything over to you."
A witness for the prosecution would later testify that "taking care of everything" referred to payments to Ayton.