Curtis Malone pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to distributing cocaine and heroin on Wednesday and is now facing five-to-ten years in federal prison.
Malone was arrested after a DEA investigation determined that he was a “large-scale supplier” in a drug-trafficking network that spanned the eastern seaboard. When he was arrested, a search-warrant at his home turned up a kilo of cocaine and 84 grams of heroin. Agents also seized a kilo of cocaine and $20,000 in cash from co-defendant Stephen Williams after he left Malone’s house on the day that Malone was arrested.
Malone is the co-founder of the famous D.C. Assault AAU program that produced Michael Beasley, Keith Bogans, Jeff Green, a handful of other NBA players and countless Division I basketball players. He is also Nolan Smith’s godfather. Smith was NBCSports.com’s 2011 National Player of the Year.
Malone’s name has popped up quite a bit in the past few years for college basketball fans.
He was responsible for Jamar Samuels being suspended for Kansas State’s Round of 32 NCAA tournament game against Syracuse in 2012. Malone had wired Samuels $200 too make sure that Samuels had enough money to be able to eat. Malone was also sued by Michael Beasley in 2011 in which Beasley accused Malone of steering his players to NBA agent Joel Bell in exchange for Bell’s help funding the Assault program.
Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.