The fallout from the FBI’s investigation into college hoops corruption is just beginning, but it’s already proving costly for the Auburn Tigers.
According to Scout recruiting director Evan Daniels, E.J. Montgomery has decommitted from Auburn. With this already being a thin class for bigs, one has to wonder if schools like Kentucky will show interest in the 6-10, 200-pound power forward.
I should also note that there's a dire need for post players in the 2018 class. EJ Montgomery will have no shortage of options. https://t.co/Kf8rwhQdkH— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) September 27, 2017
The five-star forward is ranked No. 17 overall in the 2018 class by Scout, and he was one of the biggest recruiting wins for Bruce Pearl at Auburn in what was shaping up to be a great rebuild, but that’s now in danger thanks to the transgressions of Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person.
Person is directly involved with the FBI’s investigation, and he’s already been been arrested and charged with six federal crimes. Those include bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes and gratuities, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and travel act conspiracy, according to The Montgomery Advisor.
That same report notes that Auburn’s star center, Austin Wiley, could be involved in the investigation, though it’s unclear if Wiley did anything wrong, but if he did, his college eligibility is at stake.
This player being described is clearly Auburn sophomore center Austin Wiley but it is certainly not clear whether Wiley or his family are involved as either of the unnamed Auburn players or families detailed in the complaint. According to the complaint, Wiley's description is used by Person to convince the person who would become an FBI informant (CW-1) that he would be able to attract and sign top talent to Auburn.
And while the investigation does not directly link head coach Bruce Pearl to the corruption investigation, the fact that his program is involved with it, thanks to Person, could put Pearl on the hot seat yet again due to recruiting improprieties.
That’s what got him fired at Tennessee, and while he’s not been directly linked to this latest scandal, he’s certainly in hot water.
Everyone's focused on Pitino/Louisville today -- rightfully so -- but don't be surprised if we get a few more names/schools today, too.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) September 27, 2017