NCAA rules Gamecocks transfer Bowen ineligible for 2018-19 season, will remain in the draft

NCAA rules Gamecocks transfer Bowen ineligible for 2018-19 season, will remain in the draft

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A University of Louisville men's basketball transfer has been ruled ineligible to suit up for the Gamecocks next season, according to a statement from the school's athletic department.

The NCAA's ruling, transfer Brian Bowen will be, "at a minimum," ineligible for the 2018-2019 basketball season based on alleged benefits Bowen's family received while he was a student-athlete at Louisville, in addition to a requirement that he serve his transfer year in residence at USC.

Before this announcement was made, the former McDonald's All-American declared for the NBA Draft in April without an agent. He will now remain in the NBA Draft. The Gamecocks released this statement Wednesday afternoon:

The NCAA has informed the University of South Carolina that, at a minimum, Brian Bowen will be ineligible for the 2018-19 basketball season based on alleged benefits received by the Bowen family at his former institution and his requirement to serve a transfer year in residence at South Carolina.

Bowen arrived at USC after being suspended indefinitely by Louisville in light of the FBI probe regarding corruption in college basketball. According to the probe, Bowen's father was reportedly offered $100,000 from an agent and a representative from ADIDAS. Later, Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino was fired "for cause" by the university. The school eventually granted his release.

Bowen, a 6-foot-7 McDonald's All-American, has no intention of signing with an agent, according to the report. Like Silva, Bowen will have until June 11 to withdraw his name from the draft in order to return to South Carolina.

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