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Bombshell development in NCAA basketball investigation

Federal documents obtained by Yahoo Sports show violations of NCAA rules by at least 20 Division I Basketball teams, according to a Friday morning report.

The documents show players from big-name programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Villanova received illegal benefits from ASM Sports agency, ranging from small amounts of money to thousands of dollars.

Markelle Fultz, the first player selected in the 2017 NBA Draft received $10,000 according to the documents. Other current NBA players listed include Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks.

Current college stars Miles Bridges and Collin Sexton were also linked to the documents.

NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement following the release of the documents.

“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York’s indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it’s clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”

-via NCAA.org

Once the investigation is complete, the NCAA will have a lot of work on their hands when it comes to sanctions and penalties.

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