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Sean Miller Allegedly Caught On Tape Discussing Deandre Ayton Payment

When the news broke in September that the FBI was engaged in a widespread investigation on pervasive improprieties in college basketball, four assistant D-I coaches were arrested, including Book Richardson from the University of Arizona.

Richardson, who was fired, was charged with six felonies and is now facing prison time.

The common held thought was that this was simply the initial wave of much more to come, with much bigger names being ensnared in the investigation.

The first big name surfaced late on Friday, as the FBI wiretaps reportedly caught Arizona head coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to ensure that five-star freshman Deandre Ayton would enroll and play for the Wildcats.

Sean Miller caught on FBI wiretap discussing $100K payment, sources say | SportsCenter | ESPN

According to an ESPN report, sources say Arizona Wildcats head basketball coach Sean Miller was recorded by an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to ensure top recruit DeAndre Ayton would attend Arizona.

Miller was allegedly recorded multiple times, speaking with Christian Dawkins, the 24-year-old associate who worked for former NBA agent Andy Miller. 

When Dawkins asked Miller, according to an ESPN report, if he should work with Richardson, the assistant coach to finalize an agreement, Miller told Dawkins he should instead deal directly with him when it came to money. 

Ayton is averaging 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds for Arizona and is widely regarded as one of the top prospects coming out of the 2018 NBA Draft. 

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Stay tuned as more comes to light, and more big names surface in the explosive investigation.

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