Michigan State basketball assistant releases statement after being linked to ASM Sports

Michigan State basketball assistant Dwayne Stephens released a statement Saturday afternoon saying he was “confident” he had not committed any NCAA violations. Stephens was linked to the ASM Sports Agency in a Yahoo Sports story about college basketball corruption on Friday.

According to the Yahoo report, Stephens received an email from ASM Sports’ Christian Dawkins, who wanted some Michigan State players to sign with the agency if it pushed blue-chip recruit Brian Bowen to East Lansing. It was also reported that Dawkins spent “considerable time” in contact with Miles Bridges’ family and Stephens.

Bridges was implicated in a separate Yahoo Sports story that showed his mother received a $400 advance from ASM.

Stephens responded Saturday, saying he’s been “committed to following all NCAA rules” during his career. Here’s his full statement:

“Throughout my career as a college basketball coach, I’ve been committed to following all NCAA rules, including during the recruiting process. Any insinuation to the contrary is false. I’m confident that I have not committed a violation.”

Stephens has been a Michigan State assistant for 14 seasons, and he is in his fifth year as the program’s associate head coach.

Michigan State is back on the basketball court Sunday afternoon against Wisconsin. The No. 2 Spartans can claim the outright Big Ten title with a win, and Bridges will be suiting up for the game. The school announced he was eligible following an internal review on Saturday afternoon.

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