NBA Draft: South Carolina's Brian Bowen reportedly declares for draft

Carrie Guzman
April 19, 2018

'I just felt that it was the right decision, ' Bowen told ESPN. According to a report from The Charleston Post and Courier's David Cloninger, Bowen will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft but he will not hire an agent.

And after never playing a game for either Louisville or SC, it appears that he will be testing the National Basketball Association draft waters.

Bowen recently arrived at USC after being suspended indefinitely by Louisville in light of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe regarding corruption in college basketball. Louisville fired coach Rick Pitino and failed to seek reinstatement for Bowen with the NCAA. Adidas executives are facing charges of sending $100,000 to Bowen's family in exchanged for Bowen coming to Louisville. 'My goal is still to play college basketball, but I felt as though it makes sense to cover my bases'.

Bowen is seeking reinstatement to the NCAA at SC with an eye toward returning to the court as soon as possible, perhaps as early as next season. "We're hopeful and have faith that the NCAA will make the right decision and allow Brian to play next season for SC, but he'll also have the opportunity to be drafted if that doesn't happen".

"This is a mature move from Brian", Bowen's lawyer, Jason Setchen, told ESPN.

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Bowen has denied knowledge of any payment.

Bowen has taken part in practices and participated during pregame warmups this season.

"It's a sensitive deal", SC coach Frank Martin told The State on Monday. It's a small consolation, but for a player in Bowen's frustrating situation, it's something.

The 6-foot-7 Bowen was the 14th-ranked player in his class, according to ESPN, and a former McDonald's All American after a finishing his high school career at La Lumiere School in Indiana.

He becomes the latest player who figured into Martin's lineup for next year to look to the National Basketball Association.

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