Texas basketball got good news about 5-star freshman Mohamed Bamba on Tuesday when the NCAA confirmed the forward’s eligibility for this season.
The NCAA released a statement saying that Bamba’s relationship with financial advisor Greer Love was within the rules. Bamba’s brother, Ibrahim Johnson, had accused the star recruit of taking impermissible benefits from Love during his recruitment.
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When Johnson went public with his allegations, Texas released a statement saying Bamba had already been cleared to play by the NCAA. The NCAA’s statement confirms that Bamba won’t miss any time this season.
Love has known Bamba since the recruit was 10 years old and helped manage his recruitment. That pre-existing relationship meant the benefits Love provided during Bamba’s recruitment were permissible.
Love reportedly consulted compliance departments at multiple schools to make sure he wasn’t committing any violations by helping Bamba.
Bamba was a 5-star recruit and the No. 2 overall player in the country for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.