“I’ve always prided myself on doing things the right way and I have my whole career. I have absolutely zero relationship with that agent or agency.” Maryland’s Coach Mike Turgeon stated.
Maryland, among 20 other Division 1 basketball teams, are under FBI investigation, with regards to documents and information that was released February 23.
Multiple players allegedly received payments from agent Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports. Yahoo Sports released paperwork showing that players received cash advances in 2015 and 2017, as well as travel expenses and entertainment paid for according to the Baltimore Sun.
One person on that list was Diamond Stone.
Diamond Stone was a former basketball player at the University of Maryland. Records show that before he went to the professional league, Stone received $14,303 from an agent during his 2015-2017 season at Maryland.
Stone was overall selected by the New Orleans Pelicans, but was traded to the L.A Clippers that same night. The former Terps center has had a slow start to his professional career so far, only playing seven games. Stone is currently playing for the Chicago Bulls’ G League team, the Windy City Bulls.
“I was disappointed that a former player was acknowledged in this report.” Turgeon said.
Turgeon canceled its pre-game scheduled media availability Friday afternoon due to the allegations against the school.
Turgeon stated that no outside organization has been in contact with the program, but he is willing to cooperate with any investigation that comes to the school.
“I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Muller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player.” Turgeon said.
Maryland’s President, Wallace Loh, and Athletic Director, Damon Evans, are conducting their own internal investigations on the alleged incidents.
This incident came in the mist of the men’s basketball season, right before the teams last home game, which ended embarrassingly bad.
“He told us it had nothing to do with us,” Maryland’s guard Anthony Cowan said after Turgeon discussed the situation with the team on Friday. “When he said that, I think everybody kind of shut it out and tried to focus on ourselves.”
The Terps lost horrifically to Michigan Saturday afternoon 85-61. The worst game the team has played thus far this season.
So far, the NCAA has had no penalties against the alleged schools and students, except for Louisville where head coach Rick Pitino was recently fired.
In regard to Stone, the NCAA cannot do any damage to his career, due to the fact that he is now in the professional league.