Brian Bowen, the former Louisville recruit at the center of the federal probe into corruption within college basketball recruiting circles, will declare for the NBA Draft in case the NCAA rules him ineligible for 2018-19.
The current South Carolina freshman has not signed with an agent, so his eligibility should not be affected by his decision to declare for the draft.
‘I just felt that it was the right decision,’ Bowen told ESPN. ‘My goal is still to play college basketball, but I felt as though it makes sense to cover my bases.’
Bowen was a blue-chip recruit as a senior in high school before surprisingly signing with Louisville – a school that had not recruited him.
In September the FBI and Department of Justice announced a joint investigation into corruption within college basketball. One filing contained allegations that Bowen’s family accepted a $100,000 payment to secure his commitment to Louisville. That payment was allegedly handled by then-Adidas director of global sports marketing James Gatto and approved by Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, who was fired by the school in the wake of the scandal.