Probe uncovers possible violations involving UW Husky hoops star

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Washington's Markelle Fultz brings the ball upcourt against Arizona during an NCAA college basketball game in Seattle. Fultz was selected to the AP All-Pac-12 Conference first team, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's basketball program faces possible sanctions if allegations involving a former Husky star prove true.

Documents obtained by Yahoo Sports say Markelle Fultz received $10,000 from an agent while he was a Husky. Fultz played just the 2016-2017 season for the UW before becoming the NBA's top draft pick. Documents suggest a second UW player got $500.

Fultz is one of 25 players linked to "impermissible benefits," according to the documents, which reportedly are from an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.

The documents shown in the Yahoo Sports report also lists a $500 advance to Dejounte Murray in March 2016. He played the 2015-2016 season for the Huskies, then declared for the NBA draft.

Fultz plays professionally for the Philadelphia 76ers, and Murray plays for the San Antonio Spur.

If the allegations are true, the UW could face sanctions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association - along with other top schools including the University of Southern California, Duke University, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas.

A response from the UW says officials there are aware of the report.

“University of Washington athletic department officials are aware of a report alleging that a former UW men’s basketball player accepted improper benefits as an amateur," said a UW spokesperson.

"We take these allegations very seriously, and are working to gather more information about this situation. Washington athletics is committed to full compliance with NCAA legislation and with any investigations that may result from these allegations.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert, who is also a former UW president, also released a statement

“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”

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