The latest developments in the high-profile college hoops corruption trial appear positive ones for Kansas.

Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola, a former Adidas consultant who on Wednesday admitted to making payments to the families or guardians of Silvio De Sousa, Billy Preston and three other former top recruits, on Thursday gave “adamant” sworn testimony that no one on the KU coaching staff knew about the payments, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.

Further testimony from Gassnola in the New York-based trial of former Adidas executives James “Jim” Gatto, former amateur coach Merl Code and aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins stated De Sousa’s guardian Fenny Falmagne was paid $60,000 by a Maryland booster to land the recruit at the university and, while Gassnola offered $20,000 to help repay the debt, the transaction was never made, although he did pay the guardian $2,500 to help De Sousa with online classes.

Gassnola admitted to recruiting De Sousa to KU, according to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, in a relationship that began after KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend asked Gassnola to connect Falmagne with Adidas to set up a gear deal for the Angolan National Team. Gassnola said he had a "brief, brief conversation" with Self about that but again stated he kept payments to De Sousa's guardian secret from Self and Townsend.

De Sousa, now a sophomore, was adamant at KU basketball media day Wednesday that he would play this year, and KU coach Bill Self said the program is approaching the season with that expectation.

Gassnola also offered clarification on Preston, who landed at KU but never played amid an internal investigation over eligibility concerns. Gassnola said he paid $89,000 to Preston's mother, Nicole Player, over the course of nearly a year, and after KU discovered the wire transfers, Player told KU she and Gassnola were having an intimate relationship in an effort to make the payments NCAA legal before ultimately fessing up to the lie, text messages revealed.

Preston, now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, left KU midseason amid an investigation into the financial picture of a vehicle he was driving and allegedly crashed in a single-car accident on campus early in the season. The car was revealed Thursday to be a Dodge Charger registered to Preston’s late grandmother, a fact KU accepted, though it continued to press Player on whether she received money elsewhere, according to Norlander.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more updates.