Some of the biggest names in NCAA basketball are currently dealing with a scandal that could ultimately have wide-reaching effects on the sport and it's most prominent programs and coaches.
Though those in the NBA are effectively removed from it all, most of the league's players were once stars at the collegiate level, and many of them for the schools that were implicated.
Kentucky was not one of the schools implicated in the FBI investigation, but John Wall has an interesting perspective as the former No. 1 recruit in the nation.
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"If you are the No. 1 guy or the top guy, you're going to have guys come at you. But you have to be smart about it. If you are only going to school for one year, there's no point in doing all the extra stuff. If you don't have any money and have been poor your whole life, another eight months won't hurt," Wall said.
"I was trusting no one. Listen, I grew up without a dad since the age of nine. It was my mom working three or four jobs to support our family. If she could provide from me then, then she could provide for me when I was 17 or 18 years old for a few months. You know what I mean? You couldn't do nothing for me then. I'd been poor my whole life. Eight months? What is that money going to do for me? I was fine with it."
Wall's teammate Bradley Beal was a top recruit before he chose the University of Florida. He too recalls people trying to lead him the wrong way.
"I was always by-the-book, even in my recruiting process. I had coaches who wanted to offer me stuff or offer my family stuff, but that wasn't what I was about and that wasn't what my family was about," Beal said.
"At the end of the day, I went to a program where Coach [Billy Donovan] didn't guarantee my anything. He didn't guarantee I was going to start or that I was going to play. That was something that I respected. Coming out of college, I was actually about to go back to college. I decided to come out on the last deadline day. For me, it wasn't like that. It's crazy what today's generation is like. Kids are taking stuff in high school, taking things in college and stuff like that. For me, my story wasn't like that."
The FBI allegations center around coaches allegedly taking tens of thousands of dollars to set players up with financial advisors and agents. Schools like Arizona, Southern California, Oklahoma State, Louisville and Auburn have been implicated and others could be uncovered in the future.
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