If Mohamed Bamba’s older brother Ibrahim Johnson gets his way, the prized power forward prospect will not be playing college basketball for the Texas Longhorns during the 2017-18 season.
As part of a profanity-laced, 22-minute rant, Johnson alleges that Bamba accepted impermissible benefits from Greer Love, the Vice President of Huron Capital, a Michigan-based investment firm. Among the alleged benefits Johnson stated Bamba received were a television shoes, a bed, $200 a week, vacations and even new teeth, while also admitting that Love has given him money, as well, including $2,000.
In addition to taking his tirade to social media, Johnson said he’s already reported these allegations to the NCAA.
“He’s not going to play this year in the NCAA because I already reported him to the NCAA and I’m already going to meet with the NCAA,” Johnson said. “He’s not going to play this year. I’m not going to lie to you. I exposed that kid.”
According to Johnson’s comments, Love’s intentions by allegedly providing Bamba with the noted gifts was to be a part of Bamba’s inner circle following what’s likely to be just one season at Texas. While it’s unclear at this point what becomes of these allegations in terms of Bamba’s eligibility, it’s important to keep in mind that Johnson makes it clear that the benefits did not stem from Texas, which will prevent the school from any potential repercussions.
The University of Texas issued a statement regarding the current status of Bamba’s eligibility following Johnson’s comments.
“As is usual practice by the NCAA, Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center,” the statement said. “The NCAA has not informed us of any pending issues or eligibility concerns at this time regarding Mo. If there are further questions, we certainly will cooperate with the NCAA to the fullest.”
The headliner of Shaka Smart’s 2017 class, Bamba was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.