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UK Basketball: Bam Adebayo “has never taken a dime from anybody” says former coach

“He committed himself to doing things the right way.”

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The Kentucky Wildcats are in danger of having their 2016-17 season stricken from the record books.

According to a new report from Yahoo, former Wildcat Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo was involved with ASM Agency, who allegedly gave Bam or someone close to him a $36,000 loan while he was in high school.

Adebayo’s eligibility could subsequently be affected by this. If the documents are true and Bam did receive that amount of money, then he could be ruled ineligible and that could cause the NCAA to vacate the 2016-2017 season.

Now, Brandon Clifford, who coached Bam at High Point Christian Academy, spoke with the Lexington Herald-Leader about his former player’s involvement in this scandal.

“As far as I know, Bam has never taken a dime from anybody,” said Clifford. “He committed himself to doing things the right way.”

Clifford added that he asked Bam about the allegations.

“I said, ‘Are you good?’” Clifford said, “‘Yeah.’ That’s pretty much it.”

However, Bam isn’t ready to issue a public statement on the allegations, according to Miami Heat reporter Andre Fernandez. Hopefully, he had nothing involvement in this scandal and he’ll eventually come out and deny the allegations.

But if Bam was involved directly, there’s little doubt that UK’s 2016-17 is in serious danger of being vacated. Even if wasn’t directly involved and a family member was instead, the NCAA could still deem he was an ineligible player in college.

So even if UK didn’t know he was ineligible, they could still lose their season and the 32 wins that came with it.