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LSUs Will Wade denies working with Christian Dawkins to secure 2019 recruit

LSUs Will Wade denies working with Christian Dawkins to secure 2019 recruit
Published On: Thu, Oct 18
Mar 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard/forward Aubrey Dawkins (24) reacts after dunking the ball against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half in the second round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

LSU head coach Will Wade took his time at SEC media day on Wednesday to declare his innocence after being linked to Christian Dawkins during the ongoing federal trial on corruption in college basketball in New York.

Wadea€™s name was brought up in court on Tuesday as lawyers for Adidas executive Jim Gatto tried to admit evidence that showed the LSU coach was prepared to offer benefits to land top-50 2019 big man Balsa Koprivica. The catch was that Dawkins had to get him to sign with the Tigers.

Attorney Casey Donnelly, representing Gatto, tried to introduce a wiretapped phone call between Wade and Dawkins. No date was provided from Donnelly, but court records show the FBI monitored one of Dawkinsa€™ cellphones from June 19, 2007 through Sept. 15, 2017.

Donnelly read from a transcript that showed that Wade and Dawkins spoke about Koprivica. The context of the conversation is limited, however, and it has some gray area.

a€œSo you said to me in Atlanta there was a 2019 kid I wanted to recruit, they can get him to LSU, you would have funded,a€ Dawkins told Wade on the call a€” according to Donnellya€™s transcript. a€œWould you want Balsa?a€

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