A former sports agent alleges that he paid former UCLA player Tyler Honeycutt with the hopes of signing him.
Noah Lookofsky told SB Nation that he began paying Honeycutt and his mother Lisa Stazel while the 6-foot-9 forward was preparing to enter his senior season at Sylmar High — eventually spending $55,800 on a player that eventually spurned him before becoming a second-round NBA draft pick.
Lookofsky provided SB Nation with documents and emails to support claims of payments for apartment rentals, flights, and the purchase of a Dodge Magnum. The relationship extended to spring of 2011, and potentially make Honeycutt ineligible for his entire UCLA career.
In a statement, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero wrote that the school was contacted by Lookofsky with the same allegations in 2011, prompting it to report to both the conference and the NCAA. Honeycutt and his family did not cooperate, and after four months, the NCAA closed its investigation in October 2011. UCLA then disassociated itself from Honeycutt.
When approached by a reporter this February, Guerrero wrote that the school again contacted both the conference and the NCAA.
If the NCAA revives its investigation, it could potentially vacate the Bruins’ 37 wins in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
Honeycutt, who now plays in Israel, did not lead UCLA to memorable finishes. In his two years, the Bruins missed the NCAA tournament entirely with a 14-win season before making the round of 32 in 2010-11.