Ex-UofL Forward Bowen Enrolls at SC

Ex-Louisville recruit at center of pay-for-play scandal admitted to South Carolina

Ex-Louisville recruit at center of pay-for-play scandal admitted to South Carolina

SC will have to petition the NCAA for Bowen's reinstatement.

"I don't know anything about it", Bowen said. I have the utmost confidence in South Carolina's compliance and ultimately the NCAA.

Bowen was implicated in the FBI's investigation into college basketball which revealed a pay-for-play scandal where schools were funneling money through shoe companies to players to convince them to commit to play basketball for their universities.

A former McDonald's All-American as a high school senior, Bowen committed to and enrolled at Louisville in early June 2017.

USC coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that Bowen, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound freshman forward from Saginaw, Michigan, has enrolled at USC and has joined the Gamecocks. Louisville AD Tom Jurich also was sacked. Martin though, says Bowen is a "phenomenal kid": who according to Martin, had a 3.5 grade point average at Louisville and comes in with a stellar academic record and plenty of people willing to vouch for him in spite of the controversy that he was caught up in at Louisville. Setchen also insisted there was overwhelming evidence "Brian did not participate in any of the alleged schemes nor did he have any knowledge their purported existence".

Brian Bowen said his goal remained to play college basketball, even if there wasn't much interest from schools due to the uncertainty regarding his situation.

SC is an interesting choice, because it was one of the schools that had employed an assistant coach who was arrested as part of the case.

Lamont Evans, a former assistant under Martin, was one of four assistant coaches named in the Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint released in September. That opportunity came from SC.

Based on NCAA transfer rules, Bowen will have to sit for two semesters before being eligible to play. The 6-foot-7 forward was not considered a clear-cut one-and-done prospect, but his combination of size, skill and outside shooting prowess could earn him the chance to play in the National Basketball Association someday.

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