5-Star Brian Bowen Transferring To South Carolina

Embattled former five -star recruit Brian Bowen enrolls at South Carolina

With AP Photos.Suspended Louisville recruit Brian Bowen Jr. has enrolled at SC. Louisville later determined it would not be re-joining its basketball program, which led Bowen to look for opportunities elsewhere.

"The way it's been expressed to me is that the young man has been cleared by the FBI", Martin said.

Meanwhile, both Bowen and SC officials expressed happiness with his new situation.

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Whether the NCAA corroborates the FBI's allegations will determine if Bowen has the option of playing college basketball at SC next season.

The process started about mid-December and did not take long to complete, Frank Martin said.

Ten people, including four assistant coaches and Adidas executive James Gatto, were initially charged in the investigation.

USC coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that Bowen, a 6-7, 195-pound forward from La Porte, Ind., has enrolled at USC and has joined the Gamecocks.

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"Brian deserves a fresh start and I would like to thank our University administration, President Pastides, our Board of Trustees and Ray Tanner for their hard work and guidance in helping Brian become a member of our Gamecock family", SC head coach Frank Martin said.

Bowen must be reinstated by the NCAA before he will be allowed to play.

"Over the coming months, we will work diligently with the NCAA through our compliance office to ensure that Brian is eligible for competition", South Carolina Athletics director Ray Tanner said.

Bowen was suspended by Louisville after news of an alleged payment involving the Cardinals and his father to get him to attend that school. Bowen was not named in documents, but details made clear that investigators were referring to the freshman.

Bowen has also denied knowing anything about alleged payments to his family, and an attorney for the freshman, Jason Setchen, said in November that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had cleared his client of any wrongdoing. He remained enrolled through the fall semester.

A call and email sent to Bowen's attorney, Jason Setchen, from The Associated Press were not immediately returned. Pitino has repeatedly said he did not participate in or know about payments to a recruit's family.

The Gamecocks are 10-6 this season after a surprise run to the Final Four a year ago.

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