NBA Draft: South Carolina's Brian Bowen reportedly declares for draft

Tanya Simon
April 19, 2018

"Brian and his family love the University of SC, and they also have a desire to get first-hand knowledge and feedback from the National Basketball Association". However, Bowen would not play for the Gamecocks this past season as he and the team await a decision from the NCAA on his reinstatement.

Bowen has not yet been reinstated by the NCAA and hasn't played for the Gamecocks since enrolling at SC in January.

Brian Bowen, the former Louisville recruit at the center of the federal probe into corruption within college basketball recruiting circles, will declare for the NBA Draft in case the NCAA rules him ineligible for 2018-19.

The La Lumiere (Ind.) product then transferred to SC, but he has yet to be cleared by the NCAA. Louisville fired coach Rick Pitino and failed to seek reinstatement for Bowen with the NCAA. "I'm looking forward to going through the process".

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Martin said Bowen and his family enjoy SC, but they also "have a desire to get first-hand knowledge and feedback from the National Basketball Association". Brian and his family want things done right. He originally signed with Louisville - surprising all recruiting sites since the Cardinals hadn't been in his Top 5 programs as late as three months into 2017. It's a small consolation, but for a player in Bowen's frustrating situation, it's something.

A school spokeswoman said Wednesday Bowen won't hire an agent, so he could return to school. That payment was allegedly handled by then- Adidas' director of global sports marketing James Gatto and approved by Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, who was sacked by the school before the 2017-18 season began.

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". Silva registered 26 double-figure scoring games this season, which was a team high, while he was also stellar at the free throw line, leading the SEC in both attempts (283, 2nd nationally), and makes (213, 6th nationally).

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