NBA DRAFT-FBI INVESTIGATION-COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

In a development that hints at further expansion of the investigation into the underbelly of college basketball, federal paperwork released on Friday afternoon shows that a prominent grassroots team director in Massachusetts has cooperated with federal officials in the ongoing case.

T.J. Gassnola, who ran the Adidas-sponsored New England Playaz and served as a consultant to the apparel company, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was released on $50,000 bond. His sentencing date is set for Oct. 19. By Pat Forde, Pete Thamel, Dan Wetzel

Early entrants for this summer’s draft had to notify the NBA of their intentions by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday. That deadline has passed. So we now have a more solidified picture of college basketball’s prospective talent pool in 2018-19.

However, multiple standouts have entered the draft without hiring agents, thereby preserving their eligibility and allowing the option to withdraw by the NCAA’s May 30 deadline and return to their college teams. By Myron Medcalf, ESPN Staff Writer

Top-five prospect Romeo Langford, the nation’s top unsigned senior, decided to stay home for college and committed to Indiana on Monday night.

Langford announced his decision in front of more than 4,000 people during a ceremony at his high school, choosing the Hoosiers over Kansas and Vanderbilt. By Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff Writer

Florida State center Ike Obiagu says he is leaving the team and plans to transfer.

The 7-foot freshman from Nigeria made the announcement Sunday on his Twitter account. Obiagu started 14 games last season and led the team in blocked shots with 71, including 25 over the final eight games. He averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. By AP

Four-star prospect Courtney Ramey has committed to Texas. He chose the Longhorns over Oklahoma State, Missouri and Louisville. Ramey was a one-time Louisville commit, but when the FBI news broke last fall and Rick Pitino was let go he re-opened his recruitment.

ESPN 60 power forward Alonzo Gaffney gave an early pledge to Ohio State on Tuesday. He selected the Buckeyes over Georgetown and Michigan State. Here’s a look at what he’ll bring to Columbus. By Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting

Kentucky landed its second five-star commitment in the last 24 hours when ESPN 60 guard Ashton Hagans announced he was headed to Lexington on Tuesday morning. Here’s a look at what he’ll bring to Lexington. By Adam Finkelstein, ESPN.com

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers lose three of their top six players from this season, including double-figure scorers Donte Ingram and Aundre Jackson. Ingram was a solid four-year player, hitting double figures in each of his last two seasons with the Ramblers. The Chicago native was a good outside shooter who played bigger than his 6-foot-6 size. By Jeff Borzello , Staff Writer

Tennessee is adding a veteran presence to its backcourt. Khwan Fore, a 6-foot graduate transfer from Richmond, is committed to playing his final collegiate season with the Volunteers, he announced Monday. By Travis Hines, NBC Sports

When federal investigators uncovered rampant bribery and corruption in college basketball last September, NCAA president Mark Emmert responded by assembling a committee to come up with ideas for how to fix the sport.

Seven months later, the centerpiece of the commission on college basketball’s list of suggestions was a recommendation that will hurt the sport more than help it. By Jeff Eisenberg

 

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