A government witness at a college basketball corruption trial claims he made a secret $40,000 payment to the inner circle of a North Carolina State recruit.
Gassnola claimed he met regularly with college coaches including Self, whom he said he regularly discussed recruiting targets with but never directly told anything about his payments.
On trial are aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins, former amateur coach Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto.
A former longtime Adidas consultant, Gassnola is cooperating with federal prosecutors, and has pleaded guilty to wire fraud over payments he says he arranged to land top recruits for Kansas, Louisville and N.C. State.
Deandre Ayton was an all-American at Arizona before he was selected first overall in the National Basketball Association draft.
He also testified about meeting with the mother of McDonald's All-American Billy Preston in a hotel room in 2016 to bring him to Kansas for $90,000, warning her off of other recruiters who were less discrete about the money. They're charged with defrauding major colleges by concealing the payments. He stopped working for the company in September 2017.
There's no evidence that Pitino responded to the text.
Asked Thursday about the testimony on North Carolina State, Athletic Director Debbie Yow said in statement, "If any former employee was involved, they knew they were breaking the rules and chose to keep it hidden".
Gassnola then revealed giving Player $89,000 over the course of almost a year, "including a $30,000 cash payout in a NY hotel room and another $20,000 brick delivered while in Las Vegas", according to Wetzel. Dawkins had first informed Gassnola the family was interested in leaving their current program and playing for a different one, but the family "needed $25,000 to make that move".
Preston, now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, left KU midseason amid an investigation into the financial picture of a vehicle he was driving and allegedly crashed in a single-car accident on campus early in the season. The vehicle was revealed Thursday to be a Dodge Charger registered to Preston's late grandmother, a fact KU accepted, though it continued to press Player on whether she received money elsewhere, according to Norlander.