OSU assistant basketball coach turns himself in, appears in federal court

Lamont Evans appeared in federal court Sept. 27. (KOKH/Josh Vascil)

An assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma State has turned himself in on federal corruption charges.

The FBI office in Oklahoma City has confirmed that Lamont Evans turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Office at 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Evans also appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. Evans made no statement during the appearance and was given a $50,000 bond, which he posted Wednesday.

Evans was among 10 people charged by the Department of Justice for "fraud and corruption in college basketball". The federal indictment states that Evans was paid bribes for access to student-athletes that he coached at both OSU and South Carolina. He was also allegedly paid at least $22,000 in bribes to "exert his official influence" over athletes he coached and steer them toward specific business and investment services once they entered the NBA.

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Documents state the FBI has recorded phone conversations of Evans steering players during his time at Oklahoma State.

Evans was hired by the university in 2016 after four seasons with South Carolina. Last year, he served as the Cowboys associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He has been suspended by the university in the wake of the charges.

“I want to reiterate that Oklahoma State University was shocked by the allegations made yesterday against one of our assistant men's basketball coaches. We learned about the allegations the same way most people did through media reports. The allegations are serious and they violate everything we stand for as an athletic department and university. As we have already stated, we will cooperate with federal officials and coordinate with the NCAA as we move forward with looking into this matter to the fullest extent. Let me underscore, we expect every person affiliated with our athletic program to conduct themselves with integrity and to comply with the rules and the law," said OSU's Vice President of Athletics Mike Holder.

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