DeAndre Ayton is a once in a generation talent, as Sean Miller has so elegantly put it.
Ayton is so talented, in fact, that Miller was reportedly willing to drop $100,000 to ensure he came to Arizona.
According to an ESPN report, an FBI wiretap intercepted a conversation between Miller and infamous agent Christian Dawkins, in which the Wildcats coach offered money for Ayton’s services.
Sources: Wiretaps show Arizona coach Sean Miller talked payment https://t.co/8J4JoOXrI8
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Ayton is projected to be a top-5 pick in next year’s NBA draft. This investigation is unlikely to effect him, other than forcing him to miss a few games should the NCAA feel inclined to act on these allegations immediately.
The ESPN report details the events as follows: “FBI wiretaps intercepted telephone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption, in which Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure star freshman DeAndre Ayton signed with the Wildcats, sources familiar with the government’s evidence told ESPN.”
The loss of Ayton for any significant period of time would all but eliminate Arizona from Final 4 contention, as they’ve already lost Allonzo Trier to a PED suspension.
Still, that’s the least of Sean Miller’s problems right now.