NCAA Rules Texas Commit Mohamed Bamba Didn't Receive Illegal Gifts from Adviser

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2017

Westtown School's Mo Bamba #11 shoots a free throw against Hillcrest Prep during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Saturday, January 14,, 2017, in Springfield, MA.. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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The University of Texas announced Tuesday that incoming freshman center Mohamed Bamba is not in violation of NCAA rules. 

Bryan Fischer of College Football Talk tweeted a statement from the school:

Texas investigated Bamba after his older brother, Ibrahim Johnson, said on Facebook Live that Bamba had accepted improper benefits from a financial adviser, according to Scout.com's Chip Brown.

The NCAA determined Bamba and his financial adviser/mentor Greer Love had a pre-existing relationship, dating back to when Bamba was in elementary school.

Since the benefits provided have been consistent since then, the governing body deemed they are not a violation.

According to Scout.com, Bamba is a 5-star recruit who ranks as the No. 2 overall player in his class and the No. 1 center.

The Westtown, Pennsylvania, native stands 6'11" and dominated at the high school level.

Bamba was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Pennsylvania Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 12 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game at Westtown School.

The big man should provide a major boost to a Longhorns team that struggled to an 11-22 record last season.

Texas reached the NCAA tournament the previous season in its first year under head coach Shaka Smart, and Bamba marks his biggest recruiting coup.

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