Milton High School’s boys’ basketball team has been banned from postseason play this year and will be on severe warning status next year.
The Georgia High School Association also leveled an undisclosed fine at the school after it ruled Tuesday that there was evidence of “undue” influence of basketball recruits by head coach David Boyd.
The Fulton County investigation that led to Boyd’s resignation found evidence that non-students were being invited to practice with the team in an effort to evaluate potential talent. Investigators also said they found evidence that team leaders helped facilitate housing for basketball prospects and offered them help to determine their collegiate prospects before they were officially on the team.
According to the report, Roswell basketball coach Ty Phillips filed the initial complaints about Boyd in August. One of Phillips’ former players sought to transfer to Milton.
In Boyd’s five seasons as coach, Milton advanced to the state finals four consecutive times and traveled nationally to a number of tournaments. Some of the school’s top prospects, included Julian Royal (now at Georgia Tech), Evan Nolte (Virginia), Charles Mann (Georgia), Shaquille Johnson (Auburn), Shannon Scott (Ohio State) and Dai-Jon Parker (Vanderbilt). Only Royal and Nolte were players who lived in Milton’s area and began their high school careers at the school. The rest of the prominent players were transfers.
Boyd came to Milton in 2007, when the school had made the state playoffs only three times since 1960.