Report: Man at center of corruption investigation says he gave cash to former USC forward Davon Jefferson

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According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, a man at the center of a corruption case within the LA County assessor’s office says he provided former USC forward Davon Jefferson with cash benefits, which would be in violation of NCAA rules.

The report identifies the man as Scott Schenter, a former appraiser whose e-mails suggest he gave Jefferson close to $3,700 in cash.

Jefferson played for the Trojans during the 2007-08 season, his one and only year with USC, where he averaged 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He then declared for the NBA draft, but was not selected.

He has since been playing basketball overseas.

The connection between Schenter, 49, and USC is still unclear, according to the report, but e-mails suggest that he was exploring venture business options and was looking to Jefferson as a potential marketer.

The inquiry also involves former USC running back and current New York Jet Joe McKnight.

E-mails obtained by the LA Times show intent for payment to Jefferson, but there are no return e-mails or indications as to whether the transaction was ever made.

Among the possible business ventures that Schenter was reportedly looking into were themed vans, adorned with hot tubs and an exterior featuring Jefferson and former USC star O.J. Mayo.

To read the full report, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_