Former Cats react to College Basketball Scandal

09/28/2017 04:30 PM

Former Kentucky basketball stars John Wall and Karl-Anthony Towns are weighing in on the corruption and bribery scandal that has rocked the college basketball world this week.

Wall, who was the No. 1 recruit in the 2009 class, offered his perspective on the matter in an interview with CSN Mid Atlantic.

“If you are the No. 1 guy or the top guy, you’re going to have guys come at you,” Wall told Chase Hughes. “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 was very careful when he was going through the process.

“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.”

Towns, who was a star on the 2014-2015 team that finished 38-1, was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015 NBA draft. He spoke earlier with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated and is surprised with how widespread the corruption is.

“It’s something that people kind of felt, but we didn’t know how big it truly was,” Towns said. “I would be sitting here lying to you if I said it was surprising and shocking. I don’t think it’s surprising or shocking. The number of people involved is shocking. That’s the biggest thing. I’m very, very fortunate to have had a very good time in college and be with a great school and doing the right thing.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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