Kyle O’Quinn said Friday that he didn’t need a loan from agent Andy Miller and he didn’t ask for one.
The Knicks center’s name surfaced in the FBI’s investigation into NCAA corruption when Yahoo! Sports published some documents from the discovery phase of the probe. One document reportedly taken from a trove collected from Miller’s ASM agency includes a list of loans to players. It reads that O’Quinn was allegedly loaned $1,887.06. Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead appears on the list as allegedly having received a loan of $26,136.
O’Quinn was asked if Miller gave him the loan while he was attending Norfolk State and replied he had not.
Asked after the Knicks’ practice about his name being in the documents, he said: “I don’t know too much about the discovery. I haven’t seen too much about it. I actually got a brief preview of it when I got to practice, just hearing my name a part of it. I don’t think I’d needed an $1,800 loan within the last couple years. I am doing OK.”
He is in the middle of a four-year, $16-million contract inked before the Knicks acquired him from Orlando in a sign-and-trade July 9, 2015. Miller only began representing O’Quinn for that contract negotiation. He was represented by Albert Ebanks coming out of college.
“What I can say: Andy Miller is a good guy, a good family guy. He was a wonderful agent. He is still a wonderful agent to me and the guys he represents,” O’Quinn said. “All I can speak on is his character. He stood in front of my family and looked us in the eye and told us what he was going to deliver and he did.”
Whitehead, a former Seton Hall star, was represented by Miller coming out of college and has since switched to Roc Nation, according to Yahoo! Whitehead declined to comment.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek was asked if he found this bubbling college basketball scandal surprising and replied: “I don’t know if it’s surprising. It seems there’s a lot that goes on. I haven’t been in the college game in a long time, so I probably don’t fully understand it, but I’m sure it happens.”
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