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Attorney: ESPN's report about Deandre Ayton is 'false and unfounded'

Attorney: ESPN's report about Deandre Ayton is 'false and unfounded'

"Over the past several months, Mr. Ayton has voluntarily submitted to several interviews, by federal prosecutors and the FBI, by University and PAC-12 compliance officials, by representatives of the NCAA, and by Steptoe & Johnson, the independent law firm engaged by the University to review these matters".

Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton, a candidate for college basketball's player of the year, has played in 29 games and will likely play the rest of the season because he is said to be eligible to do so.

The sourcing of an ESPN report that claims Wildcats Head Coach Sean Miller discussed a $100,000 payment to bring Deandre Ayton to Arizona is being called into question. After news of the findings broke, a lawyer for Ayton's parents issued a statement denying any wrongdoing by Ayton and that the reports about his receiving the money were outrageous and disgusting. These reports are false and unfounded.

OR rallied Saturday to beat the Wildcats 98-93 in overtime at the Matthew Knight Arena. Not a shred of evidence has been adduced suggesting otherwise, which federal investigators and NCAA officials have acknowledged.




"On a personal note, we found DeAndre to be an outstanding and honorable young man who has been truthful and cooperative in all of our dealings with him".

Despite Miller not coaching the game (and perhaps never coaching another game), Ayton is playing for Arizona.

Rose said Ayton's decision to commit to the Wildcats was based on "family ties to Phoenix" as well as his familiarity with the program and the area; he previously played at Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix.

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