On Tuesday, the college basketball world was rocked with the news that the FBI has been investigating fraud and corruption in the NCAA since 2015, resulting in 10 charges, including four against assistant coaches, and more news to follow.
And one of the players involved appears to be former Texas Longhorns basketball target Brian Bowen, a top-20 national prospect and the nation’s No. 5 small forward who starred at La Lumiere School in Indiana and signed with the Louisville Cardinals.
Texas seemed to be on the outside looking in for some time with the 6’7, 194-pounder before the ‘Horns suddenly became a “legitimate landing spot” in late May, according to a report.
At that time, Louisville wasn’t even a contender. Until things changed quite quickly and Bowen enrolled in Louisville in early June.
Here’s how head coach Rick Pitino described the recruitment of Bowen at the time:
i mean pic.twitter.com/SdmLX3dihi— Chris Hatfield (@_ChrisHatfield) September 26, 2017
But that’s apparently not quite the full story about how things went down.
Here’s the (alleged) real story from the complaint filed by the Department of Justice:
The description of the location and enrollment numbers of University-6 match Louisville. And, as noted by CBS Sports, Bowen is the only player who fits the description of Player-10 as “an All-American high school basketball player” to sign with an adidas school.