SC has landed Brian Bowen, the five-star basketball recruit linked to the FBI's investigation into college basketball and the scandal that brought down Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Brian Bowen was suspended by Louisville soon after the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed details of its probe in September, and his new school hopes to get him on the court next season.
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.
Bowen was identified as "Player-10" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report. This circumstance was cited in Justice Department documents that did not mention him by name, but presented facts about the timing of his commitment that only could describe Bowen.
Bowen told Goodman that his goal remained to play college basketball.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Bowen has already been admitted at SC where he will seek reinstatement from the NCAA.
Bowen told ESPN's Jeff Goodman in December that he was "shocked" by the allegations.
And South Carolina is taking a chance on him.
Based on NCAA transfer rules, Bowen will have to sit for two semesters at SC before being eligible to play. "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". The 6-foot-7 wing from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., was a high school teammate of fellow 5-star forward Jaren Jackson, who committed to Michigan State and has already firmly entrenched himself atop National Basketball Association draft boards for next June. Kentucky plays at USC on January 16, but the Gamecocks do not make a return trip to Lexington this season.
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.