Remember, like two weeks ago when I wrote this?
Beasley had an incident-free tenure at Kansas State. Why Kansas State? Not entirely clear, although the school’s hiring of his AAU coach probably had something to do with it, and it bears noting that his mother moved out to the area for work as well, which, you know, is one of those things that tends to happen for big recruits.
Well, as it turns out…
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley says in a lawsuit that his former agent gave him and his mother improper benefits during his one season at Kansas State.
Beasley filed a countersuit in a Maryland court a month ago in response to agent Joel Bell’s wrongful termination lawsuit against him. Beasley says Bell conspired with Beasley’s AAU coach to forge a relationship with the star from the time he was 14 years old in hopes of cashing in on that relationship when Beasley went to the NBA.
Beasley says Bell gave his mother living expenses and paid for her move to Manhattan, Kan., when he went to school there, which would likely violate NCAA rules.
Wow. Obviously only a super-genius could find something suspicious about the number one recruit in the country (and for that matter, the number seven recruit as well. It’s just that nobody cares about Bill Walker anymore) electing to spend his college year in Manhattan, KS, population 52,281. Even by Kansas standards, that’s pretty isolated.
Lamar Odom going to UNLV then Rhode Island thinks that’s suspicious. Marcus Fizer going to Iowa State is wondering why an All-American would go into the middle of nowhere for his collegiate career. I tried to find any additional collegiate choices in the one and done era (post-2006) that were, um, questionable, and here are the ones that I came up with:
- Renardo Sidney, Los Angeles, CA, #7 recruit, Mississippi State – Sidney’s family is originally from Mississippi, but moved to Los Angeles to try to advance his career, so the location isn’t that bizarre. This all would’ve worked out better were it not for the reports that, “A source intimately familiar with Sidney’s recruitment said a university official thought the stepfather had strongly hinted that he expected to be compensated if his son signed with the school.” And that is a big problem unless you win the national title. Then it’s totally cool.
For the record, the UCLA and USC’s decision appears to have been validated by Sidney being suspended for 1.3 seasons and fined $11,800, going into the stands and fighting a teammate, and his bust-tacular NBA Draft Express profile that compares him to Chris Washburn and Robert Traylor.
- Perry Jones III, Duncanville, TX, #8 recruit, Baylor – Stayed in-state, but… Baylor? Really? Supposedly Coach Scott Drew won him over in 8th grade, and Baylor has been landing bigger recruits in recent years (signing top-10 recruits Quincy Miller and Isaiah Austin in 2011 and 2012), but Jesus, this is still the place that’s best-known for the Branch Davidian shootout, and even Baylor’s basketball program is best-known for the horrible incident in 2003 where one player murdered another one and the coach tried to slander the murdered one. Keep an eye on this one.
- Providence has signed Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn, the #8 and #10 recruits in the class of 2012. Providence? The same one that went 15-17 and 4-14 in conference last year? Well, they’ve got a new coach, Ed Cooley, and both these recruits are from the northeast. Apart from being a hometown kid, Ledo has been in three different high schools and there are questions about his eligibility.