ESPN No. 14 ranked 2018 recruit Brian Bowen, who was suspended by Louisville amid the school’s alleged role in a FBI bribery investigation, will not play for the school.
Bowen, who will retain his athletic scholarship at Louisville but will never be allowed to step on the court, is now free to transfer to another college basketball program.
“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” Louisville interim AD Vince Tyra said via a statement. “He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men’s basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very difficult period.”
In early November, the FBI cleared the school to lift Bowen’s suspension if they wished, pending their internal investigation of the matter.
But Louisville has now decided not to allow Bowen to play.
Bowen’s attorney Jason Setchen said that the school’s decision if unfair.
“Brian’s done nothing wrong,” Setchen told ESPN. “We’ve gone above and beyond in an effort to provide the university and the NCAA with unfettered access to evidence in support of our position — which is that he had no knowledge or involvement in any purported scheme.”
“Our expectation was ultimately that he would be reinstated and be able to play and treated fairly,” added Setchen. “I don’t believe he was treated fairly by Louisville.”
Bowen, a 6-7 small forward, averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists last season for La Lumiere, leading the team to a 27-1 record and the 2017 DICK’s Nationals championship.
He also had a strong AAU season last summer, leading his MeanStreets Nike EYBL squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds on a loaded team that also included fellow 2018 recruits No. 75 Sr Isaiah Livers, No. 25 PG Sr Alonzo Verge, and No. 84 Nojel Eastern.
Bowen prides himself on his all-around game.
“The main thing I like to do is get my teammates involved,” Bowen told Scout. “My goal for every game is to try to get a triple-double, rebound the ball, pass the ball, and knock down big shots.”
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