A financial planner claimed payments were made to associates of Markelle Fultz and Kyle Kuzma as college basketball's corruption trial continued.

By Alaa Abdeldaiem
October 03, 2018

Munish Sood, the financial advisor who pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit bribery in August, implicated associates of Markelle Fultz and Kyle Kuzma as two of many college players he paid during the second day of the ongoing college basketball corruption trial, Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel reported.

According to Wetzel, Sood testified in court on Wednesday morning, admitting that he paid a $30,000 loan to an associate of Fultz and an undisclosed amount to an associate of Kuzma associate while the star forward was still at Utah. Sood was one of eight men arrested by the FBI in September 2017 for bribing associates in order to influence their players to choose him as a financial adviser when they turned pro.

Fultz played at Washington for one season in 2016–17 before joining the Philadelphia 76ers as the NBA draft's No. 1 pick. Kuzma played for three college seasons at Utah and is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The afternoon sessions revelead similar payments. Documents presented in court reportedly showed sports marketing professional Christian Dawkins paid former Alabama star Collin Sexton $5,000. Another document suggested Sexton was offered $1,500 a month, $21,000 for travel for his family and a four-year job for his brother that paid a $35,000 salary.

Washington Wizards' first-round pick Troy Brown was also implicated on Wednesday, with court documents suggesting he was paid $5,000 for tickets to a Floyd Mayweather fight. 

On the first day of the trial on Tuesday, Jim Gatto's attorney said she has evidence that schools made payments to recruit athletes and specifically cited the case former five-star recruit Brian Bownen.

Casey Donnelly said evidence would prove that Oregon offered "an astronomical amount of money" to land Bowen. It had previously been reported that Gatto, a former Adidas executive, paid Bowen Jr.'s family $100,000 to attend Louisville.

According to Wetzel, on Wednesday at the trial, secret recordings were played where sports business manager Christian Dawkins and former amateur league coach Merl Code discussed the Oregon offer and how Bowen was set to attend there, when Code said "let me work the phones and get something done." Bowen soon signed with Louisville after the $100,000 payment was promised to his father. Dawkins suggesting that former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino knew of some details surrounding Brian Bowen's recruitment.

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