According to a news release by the University of Maryland, Maryland has received two subpoena’s related to the FBI Investigation into illicit payments by schools through intermediaries to players, parents, and/or AAU coaches to steer high school players to certain Universities to play college sports.
The first subpoena was delivered in March regarding an alleged $14,000 payment made to Diamond Stone in the fall of 2015. Stone, a five star recruit out of high school, was then a freshman at Maryland before bolting after one year to the NBA Draft, where he was drafted in the 2nd round by the LA Clippers and has bounced around the D-League since. The subpoena requests all documents related to the recruitment of Diamond Stone between January 1, 2015 and the present. Mark Turgeon denied the allegations of any wrongdoing one day after the infamous Yahoo Sports report that was a bombshell to the college basketball recruiting scene.
The second subpoena was delivered a few weeks ago in late June regarding prospective student athlete Silvio De Sousa. Maryland was long regarded as the final destination for De Sousa, who surprised all basketball recruiting analysts picking Kansas as well as enrolling a semester early in order to be eligible for the spring semester of competition. A five star power forward out of IMG Academy, De Sousa ended up making limited contributions in Kansas’ NCAA Tournament bid this past season.
Orlando “Bino” Ranson was the lead recruiter for both Stone and De Sousa and is still an assistant on the basketball team. Mark Turgeon has denied any wrongdoing with the alleged payments to both players.
Newly promoted Athletic Director Damon Evans had this to say at his opening press conference regarding the current investigation into the basketball program:
“We just wanted to make sure that we looked into the situation, understood what was going on and that’s where we are. And right now I feel comfortable with where we are.”