McLemore’s former AAU coach claims payment from third party

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(Courtesy: NBC)

Kansas Guard Ben McLemore’s former AAU coach claims that he was paid to influence the star freshman to enter the NBA draft.

USA Today says that Darius Cobb, an AAU coach in St. Louis, told them that the founder of Hooplife Academy paid him up to 10,000 dollars to convince McLemore to leave school early for the pros.

Cobb also told USA Today that he was given three all-expense paid trips and that McLemore’s cousin, Richard Boyd, joined him on two of those trips.

Although Boyd denied the claims, Cobb allegedly has travel itineraries and photos that prove otherwise.

Though they are clear NCAA violations, no punishments could be dealt unless Cobb gives the information to the NCAA, and since McLemore is no longer a student-athlete, he would be out of the NCAA’s jurisdiction.

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