South Carolina coach sees no down in adding suspended Bowen

Brian Bowen

Brian Bowen

The player at the center of of the FBI's investigation into Louisville basketball has found a new home. The recruit was identified as "Player-10" in the report, yet the details of the allegations made it clear Bowen was the player in question.

Bowen signed with Louisville after being heavily recruited by former N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried.

Bowen was ranked as the No. 13-overall player in the nation by 247sports, having committed to play for then-Louisville head coach Rick Pitino back in June.

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It is likely Bowen will have to sit out the 2018-19 season under NCAA transfer rules.

Ten people, including four assistant coaches and Adidas executive James Gatto, were initially charged in the investigation.

SC head basketball coach Frank Martin just landed his highest-rated recruit in program history and it will make national news.

"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".

"I can not speak for the NCAA but I am confident that they will be fair and will afford Brian the due process that he deserves", said Bowen's attorney, Jason Setchen, to Yahoo Sports. "Based upon the facts and application of the NCAA's Bylaws, Brian should be reinstated in my opinion".

"Over the coming months, we will work diligently with the NCAA through our compliance office to ensure that Brian is eligible for competition", said the Gamecocks' athletic director, Ray Tanner.

Bowen was suspended by Louisville after news of an alleged payment involving the Cardinals and his father to get him to attend that school. 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, who never played for Louisville, also never applied for reinstatement at that school.

The Courier Journal's Darcy Costello and Jeff Greer reported Bowen was no longer enrolled in spring classes at Louisville and that Louisville opened the door for Bowen to transfer to another school. He remained enrolled through the fall semester.

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