Former five-star Brian Bowen admitted to SC

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

A top basketball recruit, whose unexpected decision to commit to Louisville became a focal point in the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball, has transferred to SC, the school announced Wednesday.

Bowen was the No. 19 player overall in the 2017 recruiting class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, but he has yet to play a minute of NCAA basketball after he was connected to the FBI investigation that rocked college basketball.

Bowen was identified as the player whose family allegedly was offered $100,000 to secure his commitment to play at Louisville.

Bowen says he knew nothing about the payment, but Louisville suspended him indefinitely, and gave him the opportunity to transfer.

Bowen has also denied knowing anything about alleged payments to his family, and an attorney for the freshman, Jason Setchen, said in November that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had cleared his client of any wrongdoing.

By transferring to South Carolina, Bowen inches closer to making his NCAA debut, but it's equally plausible he never plays for the Gamecocks, either. In an interview with ESPN's Jeff Goodman, he declared that he was unaware of such an arrangement. If he can get back on the court, he projects to give SC a shooter on the wing.

"I'm really excited to get an opportunity like this with a terrific coach like Frank Martin and a program like South Carolina", Bowen told ESPN.

When Bowen, a consensus top 20 recruit in the 2017 class, actually debuts for Carolina is unknown.

Bowen told Goodman that his goal remained to play college basketball. "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".

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.

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