Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Brian Bowen enrolls at SC, hopes for NCAA reinstatement

Brian Bowen enrolls at SC, hopes for NCAA reinstatement

South Carolina's basketball program drew national headlines Wednesday when it announced the signing of Bowen, a former McDonald's All-American and Louisville recruit who's linked to the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that brought down Cardinals coach Rick Pitino.

Former 5-star recruit Brian Bowen, the recruit at the center of the college basketball recruiting scandal that rocked Louisville, was granted his transfer release from the school.

Bowen will have to sit two semesters before he is eligible to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

The FBI alleged that an Adidas executive and a Louisville coach conspired to funnel $100,000 to the family of an elite recruit to play for the Cardinals and represent the shoe-apparel giant after he turns pro. However, Louisville declared later in the month that Bowen, a 6-7 forward who was rated a five-star prospect, would not play for the Cardinals.

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Bowen's attorney, Jason Setchen, told reporters in November the Federal Bureau of Investigation had cleared Bowen of any wrongdoing. In an interview with ESPN's Jeff Goodman, he declared that he was unaware of such an arrangement.

While Bowen could have attempted to play professionally overseas for a year or just trained by himself in preparation for next year's NBA draft, Setchen said in November that his client meant to try to play college basketball at another NCAA school.

Former McDonald's All-American Brian Bowen is enrolling at the University of SC and applying for reinstatement from the NCAA, his attorney confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday evening. Bowen, a MI native who finished high school in IN, was a 2017 McDonald's high school all-American and the Gatorade state player of the year in Indiana. "He brings a high-level skill set to the court and will make an immediate impact on our team with him joining us on the practice courts this week". Lamont Evans worked at SC prior to moving to Oklahoma State for the 2016-17 season; he was dismissed the day after the charges were presented against him in September.

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