Ex-Louisville Recruit Brian Bowen to Enter NBA Draft If Ruled Ineligible by NCAA

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 18, 2018

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 27: Brian 'Tugs' Bowen during the 2017 McDonald's All American games POWERADE Jam Fest on March 27,  2017 at the Illinois Institute of Technology  in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen, who has since enrolled at South Carolina, will declare for the 2018 NBA draft if the NCAA rules him ineligible to play.

Per ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Bowen doesn't intend to sign with an agent if he declares so he can maintain his college eligibility. 

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

Bowen originally committed to Louisville in June 2017. He was suspended from all athletic activities at the school in September after featuring prominently in the FBI probe into corruption and bribery in college basketball. 

Per ESPN.com, Bowen's family was identified in federal prosecutors' allegations against Louisville as receiving a $100,000 payment from Adidas to play basketball for the school. 

Jason Setchen, Bowen's attorney, told reporters in November that Bowen had been cleared of "investigative impediments" and was eligible to be reinstated by Louisville. 

Bowen transferred to South Carolina from Louisville in January. He was rated as a 5-star prospect and No. 19 overall prospect in the nation coming out of high school last year, per 247Sports.

Goodman noted NBA executives project Bowen as a potential second-round draft pick, while also acknowledging they don't know how to evaluate him because it's been a year since he played basketball.

B/R's Jonathan Wasserman doesn't have Brown listed among his top 50 draft prospects for 2018 on his most recent big board. 

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