"The way it's been expressed to me is that the young man has been cleared by the FBI", Martin said.
"Brian is an exceptional young man and a basketball player with a very high IQ for the game", Martin said. In November, an attorney for Bowen told the Louisville Courier-Journal Bowen had informed Louisville the player was free from "investigative impediments" that had been in place by the Justice Department and could seek reinstatement.
"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".
Bowen was the No. 19 player overall in the 2017 recruiting class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, but he has yet to play a minute of NCAA basketball after he was connected to the FBI investigation that rocked college basketball.
Whether the NCAA corroborates the FBI's allegations will determine if Bowen has the option of playing college basketball at SC next season. "Based upon the facts and application of the NCAA's Bylaws, Brian should be reinstated in my opinion".
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Bowen, a 6-foot-7 forward, was a five-star prospect who committed to Louisville in early June, even though the U of L staff had not recruited him for several years. Though not mentioned directly, Brown was later identified as the "unnamed player" that Adidas funneled $100,000 to at the request of a Louisville coach. Although Bowen's father, Brian Sr., was implicated in the FBI's investigation, Bowen hadn't knowingly violated any NCAA rules. Bowen told Goodman that his goal remained to play college basketball. Pitino, after 16 seasons with the Cardinals, was sacked October 16.
"There's no way I'm involved in it", Bowen said to Goodman.
"I don't know anything about it", he added.
Martin was highly complimentary of the compliance department, headed by Chance Miller, saying that if there was any hesitation on that end, then Bowen is probably not a part of the USC program. He was selected as a McDonald's All-American.