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Wizards say still 'no idea' when injured Wall back

Wizards say still 'no idea' when injured Wall back

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards point guard John Wall can ``ramp things up'' as he recovers from a stress injury to his left knee cap, coach Randy Wittman said Friday, although there's still no specific timetable for his return.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft has not played this season and has yet to even go through practices with his teammates, who began a franchise-worst 0-12 and were 3-16 heading into a game against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Wall was re-examined in New York on Friday by Dr. David Altchek, who said Wall is showing improvement but that there is still some irritation in the knee. Altchek said Wall has been treated with three lubricating injections.

``He will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis,'' Altchek said in a statement released by the team.

The Wizards announced Wall's injury on Sept. 28 and estimated that he would be sidelined about two months. Instead, as the absence approaches three months, Wall has remained limited to taking standing-still jump shots in practice.

``The doctor saw improvement, and the shot he got, after a couple days here of letting that take its effect, he can ramp things up again,'' Wittman said. ``He's got to get back out now and get on the floor. Not practice, not contact yet. We have to see how he responds to his activity as it's ramped up.''

Asked for more specifics, Wittman replied: ``He's going to go out on the floor. He's going to run, shoot. No contact. That's ramping it up.''

As he's said in the past, Wittman reiterated he has ``no idea'' when Wall will be able to play. Wittman then waved off a question about whether there's a chance Wall could miss the entire season.

During the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Wall led the Wizards by averaging 16.3 points and eight assists. He also topped the team with 95 steals and averaged 4.5 rebounds. The Wizards finished 20-46, the second-worst record in the league.

In September, Wall said he ``started feeling discomfort'' about a month earlier, when he got an MRI exam that did not show any sort of problem. But Wall still was bothered by his knee while working out and went for a second opinion, which uncovered the injury.

Forward Trevor Booker also visited Altchek on Friday because of a strained right knee that has sidelined him since getting injured Nov. 19 in a game against the Indiana Pacers.

Booker said he will get a platelet-rich plasma injection from a Wizards team doctor on Monday, then will need to sit out about a week before ``building back up.'' He isn't sure how long it will be before he can return to action.

``It just depends on how my body responds to it and how it's healing,'' Booker said. ``My knee was at a standstill. I felt like it wasn't getting any better.''

He's averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in nine games this season.

Note: The Lakers were without Jordan Hill, who was sidelined Friday by back spasms. Devin Ebanks was in the lineup at forward, his first start of the season. Ebanks scored 15 of the 42 points he's scored this season in a loss at the New York Knicks on Thursday.

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AP Sports Writer Joseph White contributed to this report.

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Several of the biggest names and programs in college basketball were referenced in the Yahoo! report, including former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports was the primary handler dishing out incentives, which included cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other players referenced in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice "Bam" Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama were also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

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Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon postponed Friday morning's media availability, but he did release the following statement through the school.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA also released a statement following the news. 

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.