Frank Martin signs Censuses five-star recruit Brian Bowen
COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina head coach Frank Martin announced that Brian Bowen, a five-star recruit, has joined the Gamecocks men's basketball team.
The six-foot-seven Consensus five-star recruit ranked fourteenth in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2017, nineteenth by 247.sports and twenty-first nationally according to Rivals.
Based on NCAA transfer rules, the 195-pound athlete will have to sit for two semesters before being eligible to play.
Bowen averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game during his senior season and helped La Lumiere capture the Dick's Sporting Goods National Tournament title as a senior scoring 15 points int he title-game victory.
He transferred to La Lumiere following his sophomore season from Aruther Hil High School in Saginaw, Mich.
While at Arthur Hill he averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists per game leading his sward to the Class A state championship game.
Martin issued a statement on the Bowen's decision to join the university stating:
“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.