NCAA bans 4 summer league teams
The NCAA shook up the grassroots basketball scene days before the start of the summer evaluation period. Four travel teams and the administrators running them were banned from NCAA certified summer events.
The move by the NCAA put team administrators, players, parents and event operators in scramble mode to find new teams. The first of three NCAA live periods for college coaches begins July 11.
According to emails obtained by ESPN, the NCAA feels that it established a link between sports agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports Agency and the following travel team administrators and coaches: Matt Ramker, Florida Rams; TJ Gasnola, New England Playaz; Desmond Eastmon, World Wide Renegades; Tony Edwards, SEBL All-Stars.
The NCAA alerted the persons in question, teams and directors of certified summer events that allowing the Florida Rams, New England Playaz, World Wide Renegades and SEBL All-Stars to participate could put the events in violation of the NCAA basketball event certification requirements.
The information coming out of the NCAA on Thursday is significant because it establishes a link between an agent and coaches/administrators of travel teams. The organization has been conducting inquiries into persons involved with agents and their relationships to travel and AAU teams.
The memorandum states that Gasnola, Eastmon and Ramker "cannot be involved with the team in any capacity." Their teams will not be allowed to operate under their established team names, use the same uniforms or gear or provide lodging, meals or transportation by any of the three named individuals.
The restrictions on SEBL are different. In order for SEBL to participate, it must show that "Edwards is no longer associated with those players/teams."
Dwight Miller, the administrator for SEBL, told ESPN he was hit with the news around 3 p.m. and is learning about the situation as it unfolds. Miller, whose son plays for SEBL, was working on getting the information out to his players and their parents.
"We're going forward because we've got a lot of kids that need scholarships," Dwight Miller said.
The NCAA, in their email to event operators, noted that eligibility of prospects to participate in an NCAA certified event has not been impacted. The ruling states that playing with the Florida Rams, World Wide Renegades and New England Playaz is prohibited. However, players from those teams are permitted to play in the events.
What this means is that three of the teams would need to regroup, rename and distance themselves from the individuals in questions. The other option would be for the players to find new teams in order to compete.
The NCAA released an email collected from Andy Miller's account that may have prompted the action. The email, as written, states:
"I get tired of being the 1 guy that has to get 1st rd picks every year. I'd be happy to help you get guys + lend support. You have to want it + have to hustle. To create situations to manifest chaos + plow down walls to open up new opp's. We're facing a summer with no revenue. Yet, everyone will expect their checks, expenses reimburse, etc. I try to give a consistant platform inorder to facilitate production. Am I getting the level of production in return that I want or expect? & You decided to be apart of it on some level & Do more than just give it thought, act on it."
Three players from the ESPN 100 are affected by the decision. Kasey Hill (Montverde, Fla./Montverde), Brannen Greene (Monroe, Ga./Tift County) and Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County) play for the Florida Rams.