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South Carolina's Brian Bowen putting name in NBA Draft pool

April 18, 2018

According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Brian Bowen will be testing the NBA waters.

The former Louisville recruit who transferred to South Carolina in January is a centerpiece to the FBI’s probe into college basketball and still must be reinstated by the NCAA to play in games. The NBA entry, Goodman reported, is precautionary in case Bowen doesn't get cleared by the NCAA.

Bowen told Goodman he does not plan to hire an agent, meaning he can return to USC.

"I just felt that it was the right decision," Bowen told ESPN on Wednesday. "My goal is still to play college basketball, but I felt as though it makes sense to cover my bases."

Bowen, a McDonald's All-American in 2017, has yet to play a college game. He sat all of last season.

USC coach Frank Martin, speaking Monday before a "Spurs Up" event in Lancaster, said "there's no rush" in Bowen's eligibility case.

"It's a sensitive deal," Martin said. "Brian understood the situation he's in, we understood the situation.

"There's no rush. We're not trying to hit the fast forward button on that. Brian and his family want things done right. We want things done right."

Bowen hosted T.J. Moss on a recruiting visit to Columbia this weekend. Moss, an ESPN-rated four-star guard from Memphis, committed to South Carolina on Sunday.

Bowen, who signed with Louisville in summer 2017, spent the fall semester enrolled at the school but did not play. Though not mentioned directly, Bowen was identified later as the “unnamed player” that Adidas funneled $100,000 to at the request of a Louisville coach. The FBI alleges that Brian Bowen Sr., Brian Bowen’s father, received a payment worth $19,500.

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This could be the returning roster the Gamecocks will be rolling with 2018/2019 season. If this goes down like it looks it's going to be so disheartening.

#2 Hassani Gravett G 25.9 6'-2" 187 JR Villa Rica, GA
#10 Justin Minaya F 26.9 6'-5" 210 FR Harrington Park, NJ
#13 Felipe Haase F 19.6 6'-9" 249 FR -
#20 Tommy Corchiani G 1.5 6'-3" 180 SO Raleigh, NC
#21 Maik Kotsar F 26.5 6'-10" 260 SO -
#23 Evan Hinson G 10.1 6'-4" 240 SO Deltona, FL
#25 Christian Schmitt G 2.0 5'-11" 180 SO Mars, PA
#33 Jason Cudd F 6.8 7'-1" 255 FR Myrtle Beach, SC

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