6-7 Brian Bowen, one of the central figures in the scandal that rocked college basketball in October, has been admitted to USC the school announced Wednesday afternoon. He will have to sit out two semesters as a transfer.
Bowen originally had planned to play at Louisville but that was derailed after the FBI alleged his father was promised a 100-thousand dollar payment to make sure he attended an Adidas sponsored school (Louisville). Bowen, a former McDonald’s All American, has denied any knowledge of the scheme.
Bowen was given a complete release by Louisville.
Bowen is a native of La Porte, IN. Besides Louisville, he considered Oregon, DePaul, Michigan State, Arizona and Texas before signing with the Cardinals.
USC issued a release with quotes from Frank Martin and AD Ray Tanner:
Martin on Bowen:
“Brian is an exceptional young man and a basketball player with a very high IQ for the game. 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. He is a strong, athletic small forward, who can really shoot the ball and rebound. 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.”
“What better coach is there to help Brian grow as a student-athlete and more importantly as a young man than Frank Martin and his staff,” South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “Over the coming months, we will work diligently with the NCAA through our compliance office to ensure that Brian is eligible for competition.”
Bowen, who signed with Louisville in summer 2017, spent the fall semester enrolled at the school but did not play.