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Christian Dawkins: UA coach Sean Miller fronted deal for Deandre Ayton

Posted: 3:32 PM, Apr 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-30 19:54:07Z
Sean Miller: Sometimes the unexpected can happen

NEW YORK — It was a revealing day in federal court, and it involves former Arizona assistant basketball coach Book Richardson on recorded video, and testimony about head coach Sean Miller.

New York Times sportswriters who were in the courtroom say jurors heard a wiretap recording of a phone call between aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins and financial advisor Munish Sood. In that call, Dawkins says that Sean Miller 'fronted' a deal to make sure the Wildcats sign Deandre Ayton.

The jury also saw video of Richardson also receiving cash from Dawkins and Sood. The money was to steer Wildcats Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier to Dawkins when they became pros. It was also to facilitate the recruiting of Jahvon Quinerly to Arizona.

Despite making close to $250,000 a year, Richardson also said he was broke from paying recruits.

It should be noted that Christian Dawkins and Addidas consultant Merl Code are the defendants in the trial. They are facing charges of bribery, wire fraud, and conspiracy.