Brian Bowen
(Matt Cashore || USA TODAY Sports)

Frank Martin and the South Carolina Gamecocks have just landed what is likely the best recruit in the program’s history. Inevitably, it comes in the most eccentric of ways. It has been revealed that former Louisville commit Brian Bowen, a five star small forward from Indiana, will be enrolling at South Carolina.

For Brian Bowen, this looks to be new life for what has been a cataclysmic few months for him. Bowen was the main victim of Louisville’s corruption scandal, after it was revealed that his father had received more than $100,00 from ADIDAS and other sources. After the FBI investigation was cleared, Louisville announced that Bowen would not be allowed to play for the university and was granted a release.

Rather than taking the overseas route, as others may, Brian Bowen has waited out for an optimum college suitor to go play for; which has now come to be South Carolina. After Bowen enrolls, he will look immediately to the NCAA to grant him eligibility to play. If he is cleared by the NCAA, Bowen will officially be back in the college basketball landscape.

Bowen is a legitimate NBA talent, being ranked as high as 13th in the 2017 high school recruiting class. He provides immense scoring capability particularly as a slasher from the wing. He has the opportunity to show out at South Carolina if he gets to the point where he can play lengthy minutes, as the Gamecocks lack talent in the backcourt. If all goes well, Bowen should be eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft.

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