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How will FBI’s college basketball investigation impact 2018 recruits?

Assistant college basketball coaches Tony Bland, left, Chuck Person, center, and Lamont Richardson. All three have been charged in federal investigation into corruption in college basketball.
Assistant college basketball coaches Tony Bland, left, Chuck Person, center, and Lamont Richardson. All three have been charged in federal investigation into corruption in college basketball. Associated Press

It has been a week since the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York laid down an indictment, complete with the arrest of four assistant coaches on fraud and bribery charges, as part of an FBI investigation into college basketball. The aftershocks are ongoing and expected to last.

One of the pressing questions is just how the investigation and scandal effects basketball recruits who are trying to pick a school to sign with during the sports early signing period, which begins in November.

Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com recruiting writer Ben Roberts and I tackle that topic, plus many more related to the scandal that cost Louisville coach Rick Pitino his job, possibly U of L athletic director Tom Jurich his job, and has rocked the programs at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC.

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It probably won’t end there, either, considering the FBI says the investigation is ongoing. Ben and I talk about how it figures to be a shadow over the entire sport this season and possibly beyond.

Ben also gives some updates on R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Bol Bol. He also talks about the injury to current UK freshman Jarred Vanderbilt and what that means for the 2017-18 Cats.

Earlier this week, sports columnist Mark Story and I discussed the repercussions at Louisville and debated the choice of David Padgett as the Cardinals’ interim coach. We also talked some UK football.

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