Will Wade re-iterated Monday that, despite a report from Yahoo! Sports suggesting otherwise, the NCAA has not contacted LSU regarding any potential violations.
Yahoo released a story Sunday night that said the NCAA was “looking into” Wade’s “recruiting tactics” at LSU, but the university released a statement Monday afternoon saying it had confirmed with the NCAA there was no active investigation into the program. Yahoo’s story did not specify any investigation but referred vaguely to an NCAA “inquiry.”
“The facts are, there’s been zero inquiries,” Wade said Monday. “There’s been zero contact by the NCAA, to me, my staff, my players, our administration, our school. Very proud to represent LSU, very proud to represent LSU. Going to continue to work extremely hard to bring a top-tier, national championship caliber basketball program to our state, our school. We’re excited about what lies ahead here at LSU.”
Wade currently has LSU’s 2018 recruiting class ranked No. 3 in the country, with signees Naz Reid, Javonte Smart, and Darius Days already on board and commit Emmitt Williams set to sign in April.
All have ties to LSU or LSU’s staff. Smart is a Baton Rouge native; Reid’s girlfriend plays on LSU’s women’s basketball team; Wade and assistant Greg Heiar have recruited the late-blooming Days since before his emergence as a top-60 national player; and Williams hails from Oak Ridge, the former school of Antonio Blakeney.
“I just know we work extremely hard to find the best fits for LSU wherever numerically all that falls,” Wade said. “We just try to find people that have natural ties to Louisiana, natural ties to LSU and recruit those folks. Hopefully we find enough good ones that want to be there.”