AAU director pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

Thomas T.J. Gassnola, an AAU basketball director from Massachusetts, has pleaded guilty to one felony count of wire fraud conspiracy and has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the federal government’s investigation into bribes and other corruption in college basketball.

Gassnola is accused of working with Adidas officials to bribe high school players — including current or former players at Kansas, Louisville and NC State — to sign with Adidas-sponsored universities and then sign endorsement deals with the shoe company upon turning pro.

That information has proven reliable and has been corroborated by law enforcement investigations in connection with this case, Mark wrote.

According to a superseding indictment filed earlier this month in a federal case against Adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code and co-defendant Christian Dawkins, a former runner for NBA agent Andy Miller, Gassnola allegedly conspired with the others to provide at least $90,000 to the mother of former Kansas player Billy Preston between October 2016 and November 2017, and at least $20,000 to the legal guardian of current Jayhawks player Silvio De Sousa.

The indictment also alleges Gassnola and the others conspired to provide $40,000 from Adidas to the father of an NC State player in 2015. Sources told ESPN that player is current Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Offensive players not taken in the first round have a little better chance with Alvin Kamara, Dak Prescott, and Eddie Lacy winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in three of the last five years. Prior to that was a streak of nine consecutive first-round winners.

There’s also positions.

Quarterback, running back, and wide receiver are the only three positions to ever win on offense. Duh. Every spot on defense has a good shot except safety — a position that hasn’t won since 1990 — because few are able to rack up the stats to deserve it.

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