Former Louisville 5-Star Recruit Brian Bowen Transferring to SC


Suspended Louisville freshman Brian Bowen Jr. has signed to play with SC. Bowen, who arrived in Louisville last summer and worked out with the team, was projected to be one of the Cardinals' starters and top players, a possible replacement for Donovan Mitchell.

Brian Bowen was suspended by Louisville soon after the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed details of its probe in September, and his new school hopes to get him on the court next season.

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.

"There's no way I'm involved in it", Bowen said to Goodman.

The University of Louisville is suing former basketball coach Rick Pitino for "wrongful conduct" and arguing that he is financially responsible for damages the school has incurred as a result of his wrongdoing.

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

Bowen arrived in Columbia, South Carolina, over the weekend and was officially admitted on Monday.

"The way it's been expressed to me is that the young man has been cleared by the FBI", Martin said.

Bowen is a 6-7, 195-pound forward who was rated the No. 19 player in the 2017 recruiting class by 24/7 Sports. Bowen, who never played for Louisville, also never applied for reinstatement at that school.

"Brian deserves a fresh start, and I would like to thank our university administration, President (Harris) Pastides, our board of trustees and Ray Tanner for their hard work and guidance in helping Brian become a member of our Gamecock family". "Over the coming months we will work diligently with the NCAA through our compliance office to ensure that Brian is eligible for competition".

While Bowen has not practiced yet, Martin said his addition has brought a jolt of energy to the program, which advanced to the Final Four a year ago.

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.