Former Kentucky basketball player Jarred Vanderbilt, and current Wildcats freshman Ashton Hagans are named in a “business plan” by Christian Dawkins, a central figure in the FBI’s college basketball case.
The full list of “prospective players” featured 19 big names who are currently in college, or have recently passed through the college basketball world.
It includes 2018 Top 10 pick Collin Sexton, Xavier star Trevor Blueitt, and Louisville’s Ray Spalding and V.J. King.
ESPN obtained Dawkins’ business plan. From Mark Schlabach:
Dawkins also listed 19 “prospective players” who were either in college or high school. Among them were Alabama’s Collin Sexton, Mississippi State’s Lamar Peters, Oregon’s Troy Brown Jr., Arizona’s Rawle Alkins, Cincinnati’s Jacob Evans, Louisville’s Ray Spalding and V.J. King, Miami’s Dewan Huell (now Hernandez), LSU’s Brandon Sampson, USC’s De’Anthony Melton, Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett and Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt.
Dawkins’ plan for Vanderbilt included a $100,000 line of credit and the involvement of other family members:
According to the email, Dawkins planned to give Vanderbilt’s family $30,000 in travel expenses to watch him play for the Wildcats last season, plus his father was going to get a $25,000 signing bonus when his son turned pro.
“Brother Jamal and dad will also be a part of the deal, and receive 25% of our income on all sides,” Dawkins wrote.
Dawkins proposed giving Vanderbilt a $100,000 line of credit and $25,000 advance on his marketing revenue if he was projected as a lottery pick at the end of the 2017-18 season.
He wound up playing 14 games for Kentucky last year, spending much of the year hampered by injury, before leaving for the NBA. He was a second-round pick by the Denver Nuggets.
Hagans was also targeted by Dawkins, who wrote about the now-UK freshman in the plan:
Dawkins also planned to recruit 2019 point guard prospect Ashton Hagans of Cartersville, Georgia, who reclassified to the 2018 class and is a freshman at Kentucky. According to the email, Dawkins wanted to pay Hagans $2,000 per month from October 2017 to October 2018, then $3,000 monthly through April 2020.
Marvin Hagans, father of the Kentucky basketball point guard, strongly denies that he and his family had any contact with Christian Dawkins.
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
“I don’t understand why everybody is trying to make something of it,” Marvin Hagans said Thursday. “Clearly, in the article, (Dawkins) said he planned (to pay players). ‘Planned’ means that’s what he wanted to do.
“We don’t know this guy. We never met this fool a day in our life.”
“I own my own business,” the elder Hagans said. “Ashton doesn’t need nothing from no one. We don’t know that guy. I promise you we don’t. . . . We don’t know this dude.”
Hagans’ father is right, there is no indication that Dawkins was successful in recruiting the players named, including the two Wildcats. Kentucky would definitely rather not be involved, even in this questionable capacity, though.