5-star recruit Brian Bowen joins Gamecocks

5-star recruit Brian Bowen joins Gamecocks”

Suspended Louisville freshman Brian Bowen Jr. has signed to play with SC.

After the investigation into the Louisville men's basketball program began, Bowen was suspended from the program, and according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the school declined to seek reinstatement with the NCAA.

The 6-foot-7 forward enrolled at SC this week.

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

"Brian deserves a fresh start", Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said in a statement Wednesday.

But on September 26 federal investigators alleged that Adidas, a sports apparel company that has a contract with Louisville, funneled $100,000 to an unnamed player during his recruitment.

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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.

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". 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.

Federal documents claim that Adidas funneled $100,000 to a player later revealed to be Bowen to sign with Louisville. He remained enrolled through the fall semester.

Bowen has been working out with former University of Kentucky star Derek Anderson for the last two months but on Wednesday Anderson said that he has not spoken to Bowen "for about a week".

A call and email sent to Bowen's attorney, Jason Setchen, from The Associated Press were not immediately returned. It also led to the firing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich. Pitino has repeatedly said he did not participate in or know about payments to a recruit's family.

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