Sean Miller Told Christian Dawkins He'd Handle Deandre Ayton Recruitment

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2019

TUCSON, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 07:  Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats reacts during the NCAAB game against the Washington Huskies at McKale Center on February 07, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona. The Huskies defeated the Wildcats 67-60. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The recruitment of former Arizona Wildcats star Deandre Ayton was a topic of discussion in secret FBI recordings tied to the investigation into corruption in college basketball. 

According to Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel, the FBI captured Christian Dawkins speaking with informant Marty Blazer. In the recording, Dawkins indicated he had spoken with Arizona head coach Sean Miller, and Miller let him know he was "taking care of everything myself" when it came to recruiting Ayton:

In October, a jury found Dawkins and two others guilty on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The three were alleged to have paid the families of prospective recruits in order to secure their commitments to Adidas-affiliated schools.

Former Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson struck a deal with prosecutors in connection to the case as well. According to ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach, Richardson was accused of receiving at least $20,000 to "steer players toward certain financial advisers and business managers once they turned pro."

CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander provided more context from the conversation between Dawkins and Blazer:

Schlabach reported in February the FBI had wiretaps that caught Miller and Dawkins talking about "paying $100,000 to ensure [Ayton] signed with the Wildcats." Dawkins also asked about contacting Richardson during the recruiting process, to which Miller "told Dawkins he should deal directly with him when it came to money."

Miller denied the allegations.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled last week that Miller wouldn't have to take the stand during the trial. Wetzel reported Wednesday that Dawkins' attorney plans to file a motion asking the judge to "reconsider" his decision.

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