Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga cooperating with FBI basketball probe

Jim Larranaga enters his seventh season at Miami with arguably his most talented roster. (Getty Images)

Jim Larranaga (Getty Images)

Miami basketball is in a good place. It boasts arguably its most talented roster — ever — with three former five-star All-American recruits and experienced complementary players. It expects to sell out season tickets for a third year in a row. It has improved its facilities significantly.

As the Hurricanes continue to practice in advance of their Nov. 10 season-opener, their coach, Jim Larranaga, continues to cooperate with a federal investigation into college basketball’s seedier side.

In an email to The Post, one of Larranaga’s lawyers, Stuart Grossman, confirmed Larranaga had received a grand jury subpoena related to the case, which last month saw 10 men indicted in New York on corruption and bribery charges. The expose centered around six-figure payments shuffled to five-star recruits, and involved agents, runners, shoe company executives, college assistant coaches and travel-ball organizers.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Larranaga was asked to provide “texts, emails and other items,” and quoted his lawyers as being “adamant” the coach had done nothing wrong.

Grossman, based in Coral Gables, confirmed the subpoena and told The Post his team has been “cooperating with the government for several weeks now and intend[s] to continue until it admits [it has] no case.”

The federal complaint, released Sept. 26, did not name a Miami coach, player or recruit. However, a “University-7” named therein matches UM’s profile, and a “Coach-3,” said to be an assistant coach at that school, was allegedly discussed as playing a role in funneling some $150,000 to a high-level 2018 recruit.

UM President Julio Frenk later confirmed that the Department of Justice was investigating ties between a member of the Hurricanes’ basketball staff and a potential recruit.

It is unclear if anyone else with UM ties has received a subpoena. On Wednesday, UM spokesman Carter Toole said the school was “not commenting on any aspects of the ongoing DOJ probe at this time.”

Larranaga, who has declined to comment on the case, last addressed the media July 17. He is likely to hold a preseason press conference at some point soon. He is also scheduled to attend the ACC’s “Operation Basketball” media day event next Wednesday in Charlotte.

The unnamed 2018 recruit is Nassir Little, who committed to play at North Carolina on Oct. 5. The federal sting seemed to bring to light a bidding war between schools, apparently UM and Arizona.

Little said in a notarized affidavit that he never “solicited or discussed a payment of any kind” in exchange for a commitment to UM or any other school, and that no “corporate official or employee or AAU official or representative” ever offered improper payment to him or any member of his family. He also said he never spoke to any of the men charged in the case about improper payments.

The affidavits signed by Little and his father, which Grossman provided to The Post, can be viewed here and here (.PDFs).

Four assistant coaches, including Arizona’s Emanuel “Book” Richardson, were among those arrested last month. The other coaches were Tony Evans of Oklahoma State, who has since been fired, Chuck Person of Auburn and Tony Bland of USC. Adidas executive Jim Gatto was also charged, as well as would-be agent Christian Dawkins, whom Yahoo Sports referred to as an “unlicensed hustler” in a profile story.

The L.A. Times reported federal investigators subpoenaed people with ties to Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported ousted Louisville coach Rick Pitino also received a subpoena. Louisville, known as “University-6” in the DOJ report, is alleged to have landed “Player-10” — later learned to be freshman Brian Bowen — with the help of the scheme.

In June, the NCAA announced major penalties for Louisville basketball after finding escorts were paid to have sex with recruits. Pitino was suspended and the athletics department was put on a four-year probation.

The school’s board of trustees voted to fire with cause both Pitino and Tom Jurich, the athletics director, this week.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jay Bilas that aired Wednesday, Pitino said he had “no knowledge” of recruiting payments on his behalf, referring to a lie detector test he took.

“The one person you’ve got to answer to in life is God,” Pitino told Bilas. “Should I have known somebody walked into a hotel room — I don’t see how I could possibly know.”

Miami opened practice Sept. 29. The Hurricanes have an exhibition against Div. 2 Newberry College on Nov. 1, and start the season Nov. 10 against Gardner-Webb.

UM went 21-12 last year, with a first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan State. After losing guard Davon Reed and forward Kamari Murphy but adding a highly ranked recruiting class led by five-star guard Lonnie Walker, the Hurricanes are considered a contender for the ACC title. They were ranked No. 12 in the coaches’ poll, which was released Thursday. According to UM, that is the program’s highest preseason ranking in a major poll.

Walker, rated by ESPN as the 13th-best player in the 2017 recruiting class, was named to the preseason watch list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award. Sophomore Bruce Brown is on the list for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year.

Walker — who, like Brown, is expected to be a 2018 NBA Draft lottery pick — was cleared to practice this week. He tore a meniscus in his right knee and had surgery in mid-July. Larranaga described his pre-injury performance as “sensational.”

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