Gamecock men's basketball lands 5-star recruit
outh Carolina head coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that Brian Bowen (F – 6-7 – 195 – La Porte, Ind./La Lumiere School/Louisville) has enrolled at the University and has joined the Gamecock men’s basketball team. Based on NCAA transfer rules, Bowen will have to sit for two semesters before being eligible to play.
Below is a brief bio on Bowen, and a quote from Martin:
Brian Bowen (F – 6-7 – 195 – La Porte, Ind./La Lumiere Schools/Louisville)
• Consensus five-star recruit
• 2017 McDonald’s High School All-American
• Ranked 14th in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2017, 19th by 247sports.com and 21st nationally according to Rivals
• Averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game during senior season
• Named the 2017 Gatorade State Player of the Year in Indiana
• Helped La Lumiere capture the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament title as a senior, scoring 15 points in the title-game victory
• Named 2017 Jordan Brand Classic MVP (East), after scoring 26 points, hitting 10-of-13 shots overall, including a 6-of-7 mark from beyond the arc, in just 20 minutes of action
• Transferred to La Lumiere following sophomore season from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Mich.
• At Arthur Hill, averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists per game leading his squad to the Class A state championship game
Martin on Bowen:
“Brian is an exceptional young man and a basketball player with a very high IQ for the game. He brings a high-level skill set to the court and will make an immediate impact on our team with him joining us on the practice courts this week. He is a strong, athletic small forward, who can really shoot the ball and rebound.
Brian deserves a fresh start and I would like to thank our University administration, President Pastides, our Board of Trustees and Ray Tanner for their hard work and guidance in helping Brian become a member of our Gamecock family.”
“What better coach is there to help Brian grow as a student-athlete and more importantly as a young man than Frank Martin and his staff,” South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “Over the coming months, we will work diligently with the NCAA through our compliance office to ensure that Brian is eligible for competition.”
Bowen, who signed with Louisville in summer 2017, spent the fall semester enrolled at the school but did not play.