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Auburn men’s basketball associate head coach Chuck Person has been charged with six counts of federal corruption stemming from an FBI investigation.

Person, Auburn’s former All American and the program’s all time leading scorer, has been on Bruce Pearl’s staff at Auburn since 2014. He is one of 10 individuals charged in federal court in Manhattan, along with assistant coaches at Arizona, Southern California and Oklahoma.

Person’s charges are detailed in a 32 page federal document released Tuesday, part of more than 120 pages from the FBI investigation that involved a confidential informant posing as a financial advisor.

You can read the full complaint here. Attorney Joon H. Kim at the news conference.

“Coaches at some of the nation’s top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisers circling blue chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits.”

According to a federal court document, Person and Rashan Michel, a former NBA and NCAA official and current custom clothier, agreed to accept approximately $50,000 in bribe payments. In the end, Person received more than $90,000 from the FBI confidential informant in exchange for steering NBA destined college stars toward certain sports agents and financial advisors.

By doing so,
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the document said, the two, “willfully and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with each other to commit offenses against the United States.”

Following the announcement, Auburn University suspended Person without pay effective immediately and released a statement expressing its “shock” at the news. The school has also hired the Birmingham based law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin White to conduct an internal review of the men’s basketball program.

It’s the same law firm that was hired to investigate the Auburn softball program last month.

In six counts, Person faces charges for bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes and gratuities, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and travel act conspiracy. He could face up to 80 years in prison.

Along with Person, the coaches identified in court papers are Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona,
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Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later Tuesday. Others charged in the federal case included managers, financial advisers and James Gatto, the director of global sports marketing at Adidas. Attorney Kim said the NCAA was made aware of the covert investigation only on Tuesday. The NCAA responded in mid afternoon with the following statement from its president, Mark Emmert:

“The nature of the charges brought by the federal government are deeply disturbing. We have no tolerance whatsoever for this alleged behavior. Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student athletes and their families and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.

“For the 10 charged men, the madness of college basketball went well beyond the Big Dance in March,” Kim said. “Month after month, the defendants exploited the hoop dreams of student athletes around the country, allegedly treating them as little more than opportunities to enrich themselves through bribery and fraud schemes.”

Investigators said the coaches have “enormous influence” over their players and how they select their agents and other advisers when they leave college and enter the NBA.

“The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisors, not because of the merits of those advisers, but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisers to do so,” the papers said.

Person was arrested in Alabama; Bland in Tampa,
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Florida; Evans in Oklahoma; and Richardson in Arizona. It was not immediately clear who will represent them or Adidas executive James Gatto in court.

The federal document provides details of conversations that Person and Michel had with an FBI informant serving as a financial advisor (referred to as CW 1 in the document) starting last year.

Around 2016, Michel and the confidential informant posing as a sports agent met through another sports agent. Michel was told the informant/agent would be willing to pay college coaches who were willing to wield their influence over student athletes as a means to feed the informant’s financial advising business.

Michel told the informant he could introduce him to several coaches who would be willing to accept bribes and specifically talked about an Auburn University coach. During the discussion, Michel said, “the good thing about it is, I got all the college coaches right now because, guess what, I’m the one that’s with them. I make all their suits.”

Michel also said he had “access to the locker room” as well as “access to the kids and everything,” in addition to stating, “the [expletive] basketball guys [get] way more money than these [expletive] football guys. We can get us 10 basketball players in the next five years and we gonna have to sit back and do absolutely nothing.”

Michel told the informant / financial advisor he knew an Auburn coach, later identified as Person, who needed a $60,000 loan and would “have 3 or 4 pros come out a year. [H]e’s got one or two of them that’s gonna be pretty high draft picks.” In exchange for the loan thatthe coach would pay back over two years,
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Micheltold the financial advisor thatthe coach could “give us 2 or 3 kids that’s all coming out of his program.”

In a meeting on or about November 29, at an unnamed restaurant located near the Auburn campus, Person whose annual salary was last reported to be $240,000 agreed to accept $50,000 in bribe payments in exchange for steering student athletes on AU’s team toa specific team of sports advisors. The conversation was recorded with video and audio by the informant.

At that meeting, Personsaid tothe informant thata new member of Auburn’s basketball team, the “9th ranked kid in the country,”would be joiningaround January.

According to the document, Person addedhow “nobody knows” that the athlete would startplaying for Auburn in January and would “play a year and a half”beforeparticipating inthe NBA draft “because he can’t leave this year, because he has to play a full college season.”

Michelremarked toPerson, “we want to try to get involved with him now, as soon as possible.”

Michel continued to discuss the proposition, saying, “What we gonna do is,
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every time you send me a kid, I’m gonna offset some of that money I gave you. You good with that?”

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Yahnique and Bruce receive their first of 25 annuity payments after scoring big in the Colorado Lottery. / Colorado Lottery DENVER, Colo. The Aurora woman who won a $3.3 million jackpot last Friday was still in shock when she came in to the Denver claims office a week later, according to state lottery officials.

Identified only by her first name, Yahnique, the big winner purchased the winning ticket at King Soopers located at 1155 South Havana in Aurora.

The winning numbers were 10 14 25 30 31 32. Her total earnings? $3,312,
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Yahnique had just resigned from her job as a certified nursing assistant.

“My last day was January 17, but I didn’t have anything lined up yet,” she said.

Yahnique says she’s been playing the lottery for over 30 years. When she asked her husband Bruce to check the computer for the winning numbers, he said he thought it was a practical joke.

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“I was highly suspicious but then I thought, there’s no way she could mock up their whole website,” said Bruce. “I mean,
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she knows her way around the computer. But not that well.”

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Auburn president Steven Leath said in a statement Tuesday that the university was “saddened, angry and disappointed” in associate head basketball coach Chuck Person in wake of his arrest by the FBI and the allegations leveled against the former Auburn great.

Person was arrested Tuesday morning as part of a covert FBI investigation into the corruption of college basketball. Person is facing six federal charges of corruption, bribery and fraud, and he is alleged to have received $91,500 in bribes over a 10 month period. If convicted of all charges, Person could face up to 80 years in prison. Tuesday. At that meeting, the agent detailed the complex investigation and told Leath that the agency had already arrested Person earlier that morning. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

“I think it says clearly that they don’t think there’s some structural problem or some broader problem at the university,
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that this was an isolated individual,” Leath told ESPN. “I don’t think anybody else knew. I don’t think there’s any indication at Auburn that anybody else knew about this.”

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On Tuesday afternoon, Auburn retained the Birmingham based law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White to conduct an internal review of the men’s basketball program. The same law firm was hired last month to conduct an extensive review of Auburn’s softball program in the wake of that scandal.

Person appeared in court in Montgomery on Tuesday and was released from custody. He was ordered to appear in court in the Southern District of New York on Oct. ET. Person has hired Montgomery based lawyers Joel Connally and Jeff Duffey to represent him.

According to the ESPN report, Leath said the university has identified the two student athletes discussed in the federal complaint against Person but will not publicly name them. He added that the school will wait until Lightfoot, Franklin and White finishes its internal review of the program before taking additional actions, if any,
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regarding those athletes and the basketball program.

It’s a decidely different approach than that taken by Louisville interim president Greg Postel, who put Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich and head basketball coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave. Postel also said one unnamed player reportedly five star freshman Brian Bowen will be indefinitely withheld from practices and games after the FBI investigation alleged that Bowen’s family received $100,000 from Adidas employees to ensure he signed with Louisville.

Bowen was not identified in the federal complaint, but the timeline for the five star small forward was in sync with the one described in the complaint, and he surprised many by signing with Louisville in early June.

“It’s very disappointing,” Leath told ESPN of the allegations against Person. “I think university presidents are always concerned that the tail doesn’t wag the dog. And then you see things like this going on under people’s noses, and you wonder how it’s even possible.”
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Athletes have a variety of needs that need to be met to bring top athletic performance. Proper apparel and footwear is one of those needs. Therefore athletes look to products of the top brands to provide comfort, temperature control, and style, allow with speed, endurance, and strength. The leaders in the athletic wear industry are Nike, Under Armour, Adidas/Reebok and Mizuno. Their logos are worn throughout the sports world and recognizable around the world. These businesses thrive, but not without some consequences. The production of athletic apparel and footwear make an impact on the environment through waste production, air pollution and exploitation of resources. But, companies are taking action and “going green”. Nike, Under Armour, Adidas/Reebok and Mizuno have put in place a variety of initiatives and programs to combat these issues and lower their environmental footprint.

Nike’s Green Mission: “Considered Design is Nike’s ongoing commitment to design without compromise either to performance or the planet. It is a continually progressing standard, applied every day to everything we do. As an ever evolving standard for both innovation and sustainability, it’s applied every day and to everything we o. By continually raising that standard, we envision a future where the shoes you wear today become the shoes, shirts or equipment you use tomorrow. This “closed loop” manufacturing process, where nothing is wasted and everything is kept in play, is not just wishful thinking, it’s the future.”

UA Green Recycled Clothing CollectionAthletes have a tendency to carry a plastic bottle with them in order to stay hydrated and reach maximum performance. Benches, fields, stands and arenas are filled with plastic containers after practices and events. Most of those products end up in landfills, wasting resources, space and energy. UA Green Recycled Clothing Collection gives plastic bottles a new life in their performance wear t shirts.

Americans purchase an estimated 29.8 billion plastic water bottle a year.

Of those, almost 80% will end up in landfills.

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Creating plastic products from recycled material uses 2/3 less energy than if products were made from raw materials. This cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions.

The Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival (10)The 2011 event is taking several green initiatives to go along with the UA Green standards.

The event t shirts are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Waste stations with bins designated for recyclables, compost and waste will be surrounding the event area.

Left over food will be donated to the locate food pantry.

Clothing and shoe drive will be taking place during the festival. Runners and familys can bring their no longer used clothing items and donate them to the Helping Up Mission. The old shoes collected go to the Soles4Souls foundation, which distributes them to people in need.

To reduce paper production, the runner’s race book is now available online, rather than being shipped.
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A new training aid for the military and law enforcement transforms participants into three dimensional avatars, enabling them to simulate actual missions. Named “Dauntless,” the system is the latest technology from Motion Reality Inc., a company based in Marietta, Georgia.

The development of Dauntless was led by Nels Madsen, professor of mechanical engineering at Auburn University and also the Motion Reality vice president for research and development. Motion Reality debuted the cutting edge technology during the Defense and Security Equipment International Show in London, the largest event of its kind for the world’s military.

The Dauntless immersive virtual training system mimics realistic scenarios, allowing users to train as if they are engaged in actual operations. The system features high resolution graphics and video game capabilities. This follows in the footsteps of VIRTSIM, the company’s previous simulation and training product, which has been in use by the FBI and a Gulf nation since 2011.

Dauntless trainees wear wide field of view headsets and are able to carry weapons and engage within a variety of virtual venues. The system can also administer muscle stimulation feedback to a participant’s body, simulating injuries. This feedback mechanism, along with many other features, enhances the ability to hone individual skills and tactics and to participate in team exercises.

Madsen,
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who has led research and development for the company since the 1980s, said the Dauntless system is being evaluated by defense and security organizations around the world and has received rave reviews.

“The Dauntless technology is quite compelling and readily engages users into very real scenarios,” he said.

The training system is the latest of many career achievements for Madsen. His work in the field began in sports biomechanics when he joined the Auburn faculty in 1978 and formed a close working relationship with Thomas McLaughlin, who had joined the faculty a year earlier.

Through the mid 1980s, Madsen and McLaughlin’s unique collaborative research combined biomechanics with engineering methods, influencing the development of advanced motion capture technologies. In the early years, they used markers placed on subjects to monitor movement and create 3 D models. Information gathered from these studies led to specific training regimens used to train athletes on nearly every Auburn sports team, including Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and Rowdy Gaines.

In addition, the entrepreneurial team developed camera and analysis technologies to analyze the 3 D movements of racquetball and tennis players. This research fueled the optimization of racquet designs, contributing to the demise of the traditional wooden tennis racquet.

Later, Madsen and McLaughlin employed video cameras and 3 D computer graphic displays to create better systems for analyzing human movement. Video motion capture was developed using software to track the movement of objects or people and create 3 D animated models.

“McLaughlin left academia around this time period and founded Motion Reality. He had envisioned even greater technological improvements and the private sector provided capital to advance the technology,” Madsen said. “While I stayed at Auburn,
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McLaughlin asked that I lead the R effort at Motion Reality, which I was thrilled to do. This has allowed Motion Reality to serve as an employment gateway for many of my students.”

A motion capture laboratory was established on campus in the 1990s, with funding from Motion Reality and Auburn University, enabling Auburn Engineering students to obtain hands on experience and secure jobs following graduation.

Motion Reality teamed up with Acclaim Entertainment, a video game company, to pioneer the first use of the 3 D motions of live humans as templates for animated characters in video games. Brian Windsor, an Auburn University mechanical engineering graduate, joined Acclaim Entertainment and led the use of this approach in video games such as “NFL Quarterback Club” and “Mortal Kombat.”

A spinoff of this video game technology led to the creation of animated characters for feature films, including “Batman Forever,” “Avatar” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Madsen received an Academy Award for technical achievement in 2005 for the Motion Reality software used to create the characters for movies such as the blockbuster hit “The Lord of the Rings.”

Taking hardware and software to the next level, Motion Reality teamed up with TaylorMade adidas Golf Company to develop 3 D golf swing analysis systems. These MATT T systems capture human body and golf swing data for the development of custom fit golf clubs and for the improvement of golfers’ swings. This technology development was another step toward later development of the immersive virtual reality VIRTSIM and Dauntless systems.

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and continuing his work as a professor.

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Auburn’s athletic department posted a record revenue of $147.5 million during fiscal year 2016 17 and made a $14.6 million profit, according to the university’s NCAA Membership Financial Report.

The annual report, released Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, shows financial information from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

It marks the third straight year that Auburn athletics has operated at a surplus after making a $9.2 million profit in 2014 15 and $15.2 million in 2015 16. The department was in the red the two years prior.

The record revenue total is $7 million more than last year’s total of a little more than $140 million and marks the fifth consecutive year that Auburn’s revenues have increased. The slight decrease in profit from a year ago can be partially attributed to an increase in expenses, which rose from $124.8 million in 2016 to $132.8 million in 2017.

“The financial state of Auburn athletics remains strong,” outgoing athletics director Jay Jacobs told the school’s official athletics website. Allen Greene, who was introduced last week, will take over day to day responsibilities in February.

Football was responsible for more than 62 percent of the department’s total revenue in 2017, making $91.7 million. That number is slightly down from last year’s $92.5 million but up significantly from the $86.2 million in revenue it earned in 2015,
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which was the last time it hosted rivals Georgia and Alabama at home before this season.

Men’s basketball brought in $9.9 million in 2016 17, which is down from $11.6 million in 2015 16. Baseball, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, soccer, tennis and volleyball all saw increases in total revenue, while women’s basketball, equestrian, softball, swimming and diving, and track field and cross country all had decreased revenues compared to a year ago.

Auburn saw an increase in overall ticket sales for a second straight year ($32.1 million to $32.9 million),
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which included increases for both the football ($29.8 million to $30.4 million) and men’s basketball ($1.5 million to $1.6 million) teams.

Ticket sales for baseball ($343,533 to $434,460) and softball ($265,745 to $310,567) also increased.

The department also made $40.8 million in media rights, which is input received from radio, television, internet and broadcast rights (including conference distributions). It’s a significant jump from the last two years, when Auburn earned $27.3 million and $33.9 million, respectively.

Some of Auburn’s biggest expenses were administrative staff compensation ($25.3 million), coaching salaries,
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benefits and bonuses ($23.6 million) and athletic student aid ($15.8 million). All totals are increases from the previous year.

Gus Malzahn’s total compensation decreased from $5.5 million to $5.3 million, though that figure is likely increase again once he begins coaching under the new contract he agreed to in December. Compensation for his coaching staff went up from $6.7 million to $6.8 million.

For men’s basketball, the total compensation increased for both Bruce Pearl ($2.6 million to $2.7 million) and his staff ($768,144 to $876.517).

The department spent $2.2 million on recruiting, which is down from $2.4 million last fiscal year. Football’s recruiting expenses increased slightly ($1.04 million to $1.07 million), while expenses for men’s basketball decreased significantly ($263,521 to $207,229).

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Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin was honored by the NBA Thursday night as part of the league’s draft ceremonies.

The 7 1 Austin learned Saturday that his competitive basketball career is over after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue,
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Midway through the first round of the draft, NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the crowd at the Barclays Center,
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Austin stepped on stage at the Barclays Center and shook hands with Silver. Afterwards,
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“It’s one of the biggest blessings of my life,
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Auburn is refunding season tickets to some fans after a college basketball assistant coach was arrested on fraud charges in a sweeping investigation of the sport.

Athletic department spokeswoman Cassie Arner said Wednesday that Auburn has granted refunds to about 30 fans who requested them after the arrest of associate head coach Chuck Person.

Person has been suspended without pay after federal prosecutors said he accepted about $91,500 in bribes to steer clients to Pittsburgh based financial adviser Martin Blazer when they reached the NBA. It left considerable uncertainty around coach Bruce Pearl program, which had approached the season with high hopes.

An attorney for Miami coach Jim Larranaga says Larranaga has no involvement with any accusations in a federal probe of college basketball recruiting at seven universities.

Miami and Larranaga acknowledged the investigation into alleged bribery of recruits, which implicated the Hurricanes program.

Larranaga attorney Stuart Grossman says Larranaga unfamiliar with this matter and had zero involvement in any allegations of any impropriety. says Larranaga will continue to lead the team.

Athletic director Blake James also issued a statement saying the school was aware of the indictments in the case, and would cooperate with any review of the matter.

Federal prosecutors say among several allegations that at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as $150,
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000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn name those schools but contained enough details to identify them as Miami and Louisville.

Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave.

Auburn has hired a Birmingham law firm to conduct a review of the basketball program after the arrest of assistant coach Chuck Person on fraud charges.

A university spokesman said Wednesday that Lightfoot, Franklin and White will conduct the review. The firm is already investigating the softball program following a Title IX sexual discrimination complaint from a former player.

Person was among four college coaches and others arrested Tuesday. Auburn has suspended the former NBA player and Tigers star without pay.

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accepted about $91,500 in bribes to steer clients to Pittsburgh based financial adviser Martin Blazer when they reached the NBA.

Federal Judge Wallace Capel Jr. in Alabama Middle District Court ordered Person to appear in New York Southern District on Oct. 10.

Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier Journal Wednesday that Louisville has fired Pitino.

Pitino exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65 year old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director nearly 20 year tenure at the university.

Rick Pitino attorney has told the Courier Journal that Louisville has put the basketball coach on administrative leave,
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but has fired Pitino amid a federal bribery investigation.

Steve Spence told the paper Tuesday the coach was out before a scheduled news conference at the school.

Pitino exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65 year old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

But it is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions handed out in June following an escort scandal.

FBI special agent Jessica Rice says Evans surrendered to federal marshals early Wednesday on federal corruption charges following an investigation into the criminal influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA.

According to the papers, Evans expected $2,000 a month for his services. Evans said it was necessary to use his influence over the youngsters early in their college careers because many of them are and done, meaning they play one year of college ball before joining the NBA, according to court papers.

Louisville has scheduled a news conference during which officials are expected to address the university involvement in a federal bribery investigation,
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Penn State basketball came up with a pretty interesting verbal commitment on Sunday night that I needed some time to research amid the Big Ten football media days crush. His name is Rasir Bolton and it appears Patrick Chambers and staff are finally beginning to attract a guard or two who can do what guards need to these days shoot the ball from distance.

Bolton, a rising senior from Virginia Beach, Va., is a 6 2 combo guard who is more equipped to play off the ball but prefers to play with it. Regardless of that potential snag, from all indications, this is a kid who can hit from the arc. And Penn State still is struggling in that category entering the seventh year of the Chambers regime without so much as an NIT berth, let alone an NCAA.

Being 6 2, it’s likely he’ll eventually want to be a point guard to enhance his pro potential, but right now he has neither the physique, the handle nor the vision to be a legit PG at the high major level.

In sum, this kid’s a player. And he comes from the Tidewater region of Virginia, Allen Iverson’s backyard, a talent rich area where PSU has been a non factor forever. Though some may quibble, I count Bolton’s recruitment as part of the loosely defined space around the District of Columbia known as The DMV (which stands for DC,
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Maryland, Virginia).

That’s because Bolton’s AAU group, Ty White’s Team Loaded, has become a fixture all up and down the mid Atlantic including the DMV. If Bolton signs with and flourishes at PSU, it’s a very important step in recruiting because White’s organization is challenging for preeminence in an area that has seemingly forever been dominated by Boo Williams’ presence.

Happy to speak for attribution about Bolton was Fairfax based Adam Ayalew of VantageHoops, generally regarded as the most thorough documenter of Virginia high school and AAU basketball in the Commonwealth. He saw plenty of Bolton both on various high school teams and with the Petersburg based Team Loaded AAU group:

“I think he’s definitely able to play off the ball. He’s very smooth with the ball, can shoot off the dribble, off the catch.

“I like him better as a 2 guard but he can handle the ball some, he can definitely defend and he can be a playmaker. So, he can be used in a variety of ways.”

Take a look at Bolton’s tape and you may notice something I did: He seems to be among the first of an inevitable wave of shooters who will emulate Steph Curry’s style that is, he begins his shot release on the ascent instead of near the apex, as a traditional jumper. As Curry, Bolton sort of pushes the ball from under his chin rather than flipping it from high above his forehead.

That’s fine if you get rid of the shot pronto and Bolton does, said Ayalew:

“He has a very quick release. And he does have really good range.”

Though very little is concealed from recruiters anymore with video everywhere,
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more eyeballs watching and communication platforms more plentiful, it’s plausible that a nagging injury last season cooled some observers enough that they never returned to see Bolton at his best this spring and summer.

Among high majors, Virginia Tech, Saint Joseph’s and Virginia Commonwealth still showed interest. But a knee sprain during his last school year limited his vertical, Ayalew said:

“He worked injured for most of his junior season. So, we didn’t get to see him at his best until the spring and summertime when he was much more explosive than we’d ever seen him.

“He goes to the basket pretty hard. That’s not the only thing he does. He has a good first step, can get by defenders. And he does finish well at the rim.”

Though, not as well through contact, agreed some other astute DMV observers. Physically, Bolton also reminds you some of the high school version of Curry who, remember, ended up at Davidson mostly because of that scrawny build.

So, he has a year to put on 10 or 15 pounds of muscle and maybe then he’ll be ready to play bulldog defense and bust through traps like a typical Chambers guard.

His court vision also is not what you’d expect of a lead guard, my folks tell me. And,
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right now, he tends toward breaking down if challenged by more physical and aggressive on ball defenders. But he’s talented in other respects and has a fluidity to his game that’s appealing.

One more thing: The record indicates Bolton might be willing to move if he doesn’t get some serious run as a freshman in 2018 19. Huntington (WV) Prep was one of three different high schools he attended.

Here’s a recent slice of action from Bolton’s Team Loaded appearance three months ago at the adidas Uprising in Atlanta. Bolton is 11 in white and has a few major highlights at the beginning and end of the video. You can see what I mean about the style and range of his 3 ball.

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A group of teenage soccer players from Queens will be representing the nation at a tournament in Europe this month.

An all star group of players from the Auburndale Soccer Club will be traveling to Italy to compete in the fifth Ciociaria Cup in the province of Frosinone, an event that draws an additional 15 teams from around the world, as well as 8 teams from Italy at large and an additional eight from the Frosinone area.

This is the second time a group of players from the Auburndale Soccer Club have competed in the tournament. They were also invited to the 2010 tournament and placed second.

“It’s a pretty big tournament,” said Auburndale Soccer Club president Mario Mastronardi. “It attracts scouts from all over the world. Last year, it was really exciting to play against people from so many different countries.”

The 20 kids, who range in age from 15 to 17, will leave for Italy on May 22 and return on May 31. All of the players come from the soccer club’s travel program, in which kids play teams in the New York City region, while a select few players participate in competitions all over the country.

The players who are traveling to Italy include Matt Sinatro, James Pyatsky, Adrian Garcia, Daniel Babar, Angelo Luongo, Nicholas Ziangas, Joseph Dadic, Christian Mosqueira, Alex Bustillo,
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Teddy Matozzo, Luis Argudo, Kenny Redzematovic, Adbul Mujtabah, Mauricio Cedial, Antonio DiMaggio, Carlos Cifuentas, Dennis Amvrosiatos, and Steven Carvajal.

The Auburndale Soccer Club has been in existence since 1977. In addition to the travel program, the club also offers local intramural teams and leagues, a program for kids as young as three who are just getting into the sport, and a program for kids with special needs. Over 1,000 kids participate in some aspect of the year round program.

“A lot of our kids are trying to get their game to a point where they could potentially get into a good college and play at a higher level,” said Mastronardi.

The Auburndale Soccer Club was also recently selected as the winning club from Queens in the New York Red Bulls’ New York’s Got Wings program. The club received the most votes by the public and will receive new sports apparel and equipment in a partnership with Adidas and Kwik Goal. They will also receive a soccer clinic put on by Red Bulls coaches.

“The Auburndale Soccer Club is really very appreciative that our club was able to take part in, and win, this competition,” said Arthur Ruppert,
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Auburndale Soccer Club’s Board of Directors. “Our kids worked so hard to win this.”