The brother of Texas freshman Mohamed Bamba accused the prized recruit of taking money and other gifts during his recruitment, but the Longhorns say Bamba has already been cleared to play by the NCAA.
Ibrahim Johnson, Bamba’s older brother, posted a video on Facebook on Thursday accusing Bamba of receiving illegal benefits from financial advisor Greer Love. The university released a statement in response to the allegations, saying the NCAA has already reviewed and certified Bamba’s eligibility.
“We’re aware of the recent social media post regarding our men’s basketball student-athlete Mohamed Bamba,” Texas said in a statement, according to multiple media outlets. “As is usual practice by the NCAA, Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final (sic) certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA has not informed us of any pending issues or eligibility concerns at this time regarding Mo. If there are further questions, we certainly will cooperate with the NCAA to the fullest.”
NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster, citing sources, reported the relationship between Bamba and Greer has already been vetted by the NCAA. Love has known Bamba since he was 10 and helped manage his recruitment.
Love also told 247Sports’ Andrew Slater that he talked to the compliance departments at multiple schools to make sure he wasn’t committing violations by helping Bamba during the recruiting process.
“When Mo asked me to guide him and help coordinate the logistics of his recruitment, I immediately engaged the former Chief Compliance Officer of two Big 10/Big 12 schools, who provided frequent consultation on a variety of matters,” Love said. “Doing things the right way has been our top priority since day one.”
Johnson said he reported Bamba to the NCAA because Greer had created division between the two brothers. Johnson had planned to become an agent an represent Bamba when he got to the NCAA, but said Bamba backed out of that plan.
Bamba was a 5-star recruit and the No. 2 overall player in the country for 2018, according to the 247Sports Composite.