LSU Head Basketball coach Will Wade was allegedly caught on a wiretap obtained by the FBI in 2017 discussing a “hell of an offer” to a prospective recruit with Christian Dawkins, a former aspiring sports agent who this week was sentenced to six months in federal prison for his involvement in the college basketball corruption scandal.
According to Yahoo Sports, conversations on the wiretaps between Dawkins and Wade indicate it could have been a discussion centered around current LSU point guard Javonte Smart, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and former top-50 prospect.
“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade reportedly said in a conversation with Dawkins, which was caught on wiretap. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”
More conversations between Wade and Dawkins reveal that Smart may have received an offer and taken time to figure out what he wanted to do.
According to Wade, he himself went to Smart and made a “strong-ass” offer, but was unsure a month later about how said offer was conveyed to the family.
“Dude,” Wade continued to Dawkins, referring to the third party involved in the recruitment. “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.
“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade continued. “It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”
Smart is averaging 11.4 points per game for the Tigers on the season.
You just know this stuff has been going on forever, and happens all the time.
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