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UMass' Camby admits taking gifts

BOSTON, Aug. 1 -- Former University of Massachusetts basketball star Marcus Camby has admitted he accepted money and gifts from professional agents last year, The Boston Globe reported Thursday. Camby's admission to a UMass committee last month could result in National Collegiate Athletic Association sanctions against the school, including forfeiture of all its games from last season's 35-2 campaign.

Camby, last year's national college player of the year, personally faces no sanctions because he is now a professional, having been selected second overall in June's National Basketball Association draft by the Toronto Raptors. The Globe said Camby met with the committee July 24 in Springfield, Mass., and confirmed statements he first made in June to the Hartford (Conn.) Courant, his hometown newspaper. In the Courant interview, the 6-foot-11-inch center said he accepted $2,000 in cash from agent John Lounsbury between his sophomore and junior years, and accepted jewelry last season from agent Wesley Spears. Camby's agent, James Sears Bryant of Pro-Serve Inc., confirmed his client told the school committee 'everything he knew,' but declined to discuss details, The Globe said. The committee also plans to interview former UMass coach John Calipari, who now coaches the New Jersey Nets. The committee plans to forward a report to the NCAA if it uncovers rule violations. If Camby is found to have accepted money and gifts before the start of his junior season, that would make him technically ineligible to play, and the NCAA could forfeit all of UMass's games last season and money it earned by appearing for the first time in the Final Four.

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