Former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen, the key figure in the FBI probe into college basketball corruption that was revealed to the public in September, has been admitted to the University of South Carolina and hopes to play basketball for the Gamecocks, according to ESPN.
“I’m really excited to get an opportunity like this with a terrific coach like Frank Martin and a program like South Carolina,” Bowen said, according to ESPN.
Bowen was a 5-star prospect, according to 247Sports, and he surprisingly committed to Louisville last summer. But in September, an FBI investigation came to the forefront, leading to federal fraud and corruption charges against four basketball coaches. It also led to the firing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich.
Shortly thereafter, the Cardinals suspended Bowen from the men’s basketball program and the school never reinstated him.
According to ESPN, Bowen arrived in Columbia, S.C., last weekend and began taking classes on Monday. The school plans to file for reinstatement on behalf of Bowen and have him join the team next season.
“I’m elated that South Carolina and Coach Martin have given Brian the opportunity to play college basketball and fulfill his dream at the collegiate level,” Bowen’s lawyer, Jason Setchen, said. “I have the utmost confidence in South Carolina’s compliance and ultimately the NCAA. We believe the NCAA, once they have heard all of the evidence, will promptly reinstate Brian.”