PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A Duquesne University basketball player was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay back almost $26,000 for his role in a financial scam.

Jamal Hunter, a guard, was also ordered to perform 250 hours of community service when he was sentenced last week in federal court.

Prosecutors said that from February to April 1999, Hunter, teammate and center Simon Ogunlesi, and a third man, Robert Unoarumhi of Philadelphia, got Duquesne students to sell them their bank check cards and blank checks and report them stolen.

The checks were used to make fake deposits in the student's accounts. Ogunlesi and Unoarumhi then used the check cards to make withdrawals from automated teller machines and also to buy money orders, prosecutors said.

The scam cost PNC Bank nearly $36,000.

Unoarumhi will be sentenced July 21. Ogunlesi, a schoolmate of Unoarumhi's in Nigeria, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15.