5-Star Brian Bowen Transferring To South Carolina


Bowen was cleared by FBI officials, but federal investigations have alleged $100,000 was funneled to the Bowen family by an Adidas representative in exchange for steering the younger Bowen to Louisville and then upon his turning pro, that influence would continue with the expectation he would sign with certain agents and Adidas.

Martin says the next step is for Bowen to apply for reinstatement by the NCAA so that his career can begin at some point.

Bowen has been admitted into the university and will seek reinstatement from the NCAA, according to the report. He recently told Outside the Lines that he had no knowledge of the alleged payment.

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. "That's not who I am", Martin said Thursday.

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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. Bowen and his family were familiar with Gamecocks assistant Chuck Martin, in his first year at SC after the previous three years as an assistant for the Indiana Hoosiers. Kentucky plays at USC on January 16, but the Gamecocks do not make a return trip to Lexington this season.

"I'm elated that SC and Coach Martin have given Brian the opportunity to play college basketball and fulfill his dream at the collegiate level", Bowen's lawyer, Jason Setchen, said. "I have the utmost faith in the compliance staff at SC and ultimately in the NCAA". "Based upon the facts and application of the NCAA's Bylaws, Brian should be reinstated in my opinion". Although Bowen's father, Brian Sr., was implicated in the FBI's investigation, Bowen hadn't knowingly violated any NCAA rules.

The Bowen scandal proved to be the final straw for Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, both of whom were effectively fired.

SC is 10-5 overall and 1-2 in SEC play this season.