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Yahoo: Whitehead may have received illegal payments while at Seton Hall

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A Yahoo! Sports investigation indicates that Isaiah Whitehead is now embroiled in the fast-moving and growing college basketball scandal centered on illegal payments to top prospects.

Yahoo gained access to a series of documents in the scandal. Among them is one from 2015 that shows Whitehead had more than $36,000 in outstanding “loans“ from Andy Miller, the former NBA agent, while a freshman at Seton Hall. The Nets drafted Whitehead in 2016. He was first Brooklyn native to join his hometown team.

Any such payments would be a clear violation of NCAA regulations and could expose Seton Hall to sanctions both retroactive and going forward.

Other current NCAA athletes’ names also appear on the list as does Tiny Morton, Whitehead’s high school coach who joined him at Seton Hall. He’s listed as having received a $9,500 loan.

On joining the NBA, Whitehead hired ASM, the talent representation company headed by Miller. Miller recently agreed to end his representation of NBA players. Whitehead is now repped by Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s firm.

After filling in for Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez last season, starting 26, he’s been relegated to the Nets bench and played much of this season in Long Island.

It’s unlikely Whitehead or any of the athletes will face criminal charges in the case.