Former Louisville 5-Star Recruit Brian Bowen Transferring to SC

Former Louisville 5-Star Recruit Brian Bowen Transferring to SC

Former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen, the key figure in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into college basketball corruption that was revealed to the public in September, has been admitted to the University of SC and hopes to play basketball for the Gamecocks, according to ESPN.

That's a big if, of course.

Bowen must be reinstated by the NCAA before he will be allowed to play.

Bowen, who was a McDonald's All-American, is believed to be the person referred to in the government lawsuit against former Adidas executive James Gatto as "Player-10".

Louisville suspended Bowen indefinitely in late September after the FBI went public with its bombshell investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball.

Bowen signed with Louisville last June and was expected to lead one of the Cardinals' best recruiting classes in years.

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.

According to ESPN, the former Louisville recruit has enrolled at SC and is seeking reinstatement from the NCAA.

"Brian deserves a fresh start and I would like to thank our University administration, President Pastides, our Board of Trustees and Ray Tanner for their hard work and guidance in helping Brian become a member of our Gamecock family", SC head coach Frank Martin said.

Earlier Wednesday, a UofL spokesman confirmed to WAVE 3 News that Bowen was no longer enrolled at UofL. "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".

"Brian is an exceptional young man and a basketball player with a very high IQ for the game", Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said. He will sit out the next two semesters before hitting the court, due to NCAA transfer rules. "I have the utmost confidence in South Carolina's compliance and ultimately the NCAA".

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.

The Gamecocks made the Final Four during the 2016-17 season. But my dream was to play college basketball.

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