University of Oklahoma basketball player Tiny Gallon may have taken thousands of dollars from a well-known agent, according to a popular celebrity gossip Web site.
According to a document obtained by TMZ.com, Gallon, a freshman forward for the Sooners, accepted a $3,000 wire transfer from Merrill Lynch financial advisor Jeffrey Hausinger, who also works with several professional athletes.
The money was deposited into an account held by Gallon and his mother, Sylvia Wright, according to the document obtained by TMZ.com.
“The University of Oklahoma is committed to ensuring compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement to The Oklahoman. “Any activity not in compliance is taken seriously and is acted upon swiftly.”
A team spokesman said that Gallon is still enrolled in school and a member of the team.
Gallon missed the Sooners’ Feb. 13 game at Oklahoma State while serving a one-game suspension for an “internal matter,” the school said.
After that suspension, The Oklahoman submitted a records request to OU’s open records office asking for any correspondence between the school and the NCAA regarding Gallon.
The school responded that no such documentation existed.
Gallon came back and played the rest of the season, finishing the year with an average of 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds a game.
Gallon came to Norman with much fanfare last year. Rivals.com ranked him the No. 9 overall basketball recruit in the nation.
He was pegged as the heir-apparent at the power forward spot to Player of the Year Blake Griffin, who was the top overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft.
But Gallon never seemed to mesh with the Sooners. He was benched for missing practice before OU’s loss at Gonzaga, and later suspended at OSU.
Gallon admitted during the season he was considering a jump to the NBA — despite not being projected to go in the first round, if at all — but said before OU’s loss to OSU in the Big 12 Tournament that he would be coming back to Norman.
"I talked to coach (Jeff) Capel — I love coach Capel like a brother and a father, so me and him got a trust bond — and he told me if I come back another year, he'll make me a great player," Gallon said then. "I trust him, so I'm going to come back another year."
At the time, Capel didn't sound quite as convinced that Gallon's return was a sure thing.
"We'll see," Capel said. "That would be good, but we'll see. I've always been supportive of what guys want to do. It's their decision. I try to gather information if they want me to.
Hausinger, meanwhile, is the assistant vice president for The Hausinger Group, based out of Tampa, Fla., according to his profile on Merrill Lynch’s Web site.
He did not immediately return phone messages nor an email left at his office.