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Louisville, NCAA Investigating Claims Of Escort Use In Recruiting

Oct 2, 2015 7:41 PM

Louisville and the NCAA are looking into allegations in a soon-to-be-published book that a former director of basketball operations paid an escort service to provide sex for Cardinals recruits.

The NCAA talked to LSU freshman and ex-Louisville commit Antonio Blakeney earlier this week about his experiences on a recruiting visit, a source told ESPN.

"We're still trying to uncover the facts," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said during a news conference Friday. "We want to get to the bottom of it as much as anybody does ... and we will."

The book, titled "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," contends that a woman named Katina Powell was hired repeatedly by former Louisville player, graduate assistant and director of basketball operations Andre McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes during recruits' campus visits.

Powell says she provided entertainment for 22 parties from 2010 to 2014 at Billy Minardi Hall, which houses Cardinals basketball players on campus. Powell said she and three of her daughters, along with other women, participated in the sex acts. Powell reveals in the book that she received more than $10,000 for supplying women for the parties.


"To say I'm disheartened, disappointed would be the biggest understatement I've made as a coach," coach Rick Pitino said of the allegations during a Friday news conference.


Pitino said he has spoken with McGee once since learning about the book's contents. Pitino said McGee did not admit to any wrongdoing.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier Declare For NBA Draft

Mar 30, 2015 4:41 PM

Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier have decided to leave Louisville early to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.

"They're both leaving, yes, 100 percent," Rick Pitino told reporters. "And it's the right thing to do for both of them.

"You all may have some doubts about Terry, but I don't."

The Courier-Journal

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools

Mar 25, 2015 3:26 PM

The 2015 Sweet 16 includes several of the best programs in college basketball that routinely send excellent talent to the NBA and to professional leagues abroad.

The following tallies show the number of players from each school in the NBA and the total number of professional players internationally in the 80+ leagues RealGM covers with full statistical information. The links beside each school list the players and their current season stats.

Kentucky (18 in NBA / 33 in Pros)
Notre Dame (1 in NBA / 12 in Pros)
West Virginia (0 in NBA / 15 in Pros)
Wichita State (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)

Wisconsin (3 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
Arizona (12 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
North Carolina (17 in NBA / 32 in Pros)
Xavier (1 in NBA / 17 in Pros

Duke (18 in NBA / 28 in Pros)
Gonzaga (3 in NBA / 19 in Pros)
Utah (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)
UCLA (14 in NBA / 34 in Pros)

Oklahoma (1 in NBA / 19 in Pros
Louisville (2 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
Michigan State (6 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
NC State (3 in NBA / 22 in Pros)

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Jahlil Okafor Headlines 2015 ACC Awards

Mar 9, 2015 8:39 PM

Jahlil Okafor has been named the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year (Media, Coaches).

Joining Okafor on the All-ACC First Team are Malcolm Brogdon, Rakeem Christmas, Jerian Grant and Olivier Hanlan.

Brogdon and Christmas shared Defensive Player of the Year. Christmas was also named Most Improved Player.

BeeJay Anya won the Sixth Man of the Year award from the media, while Mike Tobey won it in the coaches vote.

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Louisville's Chris Jones Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

Feb 26, 2015 11:05 AM

Chris Jones has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy, days after being dismissed from the team.

Jones was released on home incarceration in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Thursday morning that Jones had been charged with raping one woman and sodomizing another. The alleged sexual assaults took place Saturday night, according to the report, and one of Jones' alleged victims, who was hospitalized on Sunday, identified him as the suspect.

Jones' alleged victims are 19 and 20.

Jones had been suspended by Louisville coach Rick Pitino on Feb. 17 before the team's game at Syracuse. At that time, Jones was cited in a report by university police for sending a threatening text to a former girlfriend. That woman is not one of Jones' alleged rape victims.

Jones then played in the Cardinals' win over Miami on Saturday afternoon, before the alleged sexual assaults.

On Sunday, the university announced without further explanation that Jones had been dismissed from the team.



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