BATON ROUGE - Former LSU basketball player Tim Quarterman received "at least $16,000" from the ASM sports agency in 2015, according to a Yahoo Sports story published Friday morning about the FBI's probe of college basketball.
Quarterman, who is currently a member of the Agua Caliente Clippers of the minor NBA G League in Ontario, California, played at LSU for three seasons from 2013-14 through 2015-16 out of Johnson High School in Savannah, Georgia. He left LSU a year early to enter the NBA Draft, but he was not selected and played briefly for Portland in the 2016-17 season. He averaged 11.2 points a game for the Tigers in 2015-16 when LSU's head coach was Johnny Jones. Now an assistant at Nevada, Jones became LSU's coach after the 2011-12 season. He was fired after the 2016-17 season less than a year ago and replaced by Will Wade.
Quarterman is one of more than 25 players listed as receiving loans on ASM balance sheets, according to Yahoo Sports. If he received such a payment or "loan" as it is called on the balance sheet, it would be an NCAA violation by LSU, which is one of 20 schools listed in the report along with Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas, USC and Alabama, among others.
New LSU senior associate athletic director for external affairs Robert Munson told the USA Today Network Friday that LSU would have no comment on Quarterman at this time. LSU's NCAA compliance office also had no immediate response.
Former LSU forward Jarell Martin is also listed in the report as receiving $52,000 from ASM, but it is unclear if that was while he was at LSU. Martin played at LSU for two seasons - 2013-14 and 2014-15 - out of Madison Prep in Baton Rouge. Martin, who averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds a game in 2014-15 and led LSU to its last NCAA Tournament appearance, left LSU after the 2014-15 season and was drafted 25th in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies, where he remains.
Jones recruited both Quarterman and Martin to LSU.
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America," NCAA president Mark Emmert, a former LSU chancellor, said in a statement. " 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," Emmert's statement went on. "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.”