The scandal that has rocked NCAA basketball has taken another interesting turn. It was revealed by Adidas exec Jim Gatto's lawyer that UNC's star freshman Nassir Little was allegedly offered $150,000 from the University of Arizona.
The defense attorney for Gatto revealed the numerous NCAA violations and bribery committed by his client, including a massive deal to Little.
Gatto's atty also said Under Armor paid $20,000 to recruit Silvio De Sousa to sign with Maryland and Arizona offered $150,000 for Nassir Little. De Sousa is at Kansas, Little at UNC now. Goal is to make all of college hoops look corrupt.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 2, 2018
Little was ranked in the No. 3 player in the 2018 recruiting class with his top teams being UNC, Arizona, Duke and Miami. In the end, Little chose Nike/Jordon sponsored UNC to be his home.
Receiving an offer of $150,000 from Arizona is shocking, but wait there's more. Allegedly, there was another offer in place of $150,000 for Little to choose Miami.
“Donnelly also said that evidence would show that ‘the University of Arizona was going to pay, or offered to pay, $150,000 for [recruit] Nassir Little to go to Arizona.’ Gatto was involved in a subsequent discussion about offering $150,000 for Little to attend Miami”. 👀 (Yahoo)— Lance Venable (@Lance2367) October 2, 2018
These new findings are more evidence of the alleged corruption in college basketball that led to the firing of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and prevented top recruit Brian Bowen from playing college ball.
Hopefully college basketball recruits can see what's happening and be cautious in their own recruiting journey.