Five-star recruit Brian Bowen is coming to South Carolina.
In addition to bringing a world of skills to the USC men’s basketball team, Bowen is also lugging the baggage of a scandal that cost Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino his job.
Coaches, current and past players, as well as experts and fans have thoughts on the Gamecocks’ addition.
Most from the Garnet & Black clad corner are enthusiastic about the possibilities of having such a highly-rated recruit on the floor at Colonial Life Arena.
No matter how you cut it, people are talking about Frank Martin’s South Carolina men’s basketball team.
There are certainly a few dissenters among USC fans.
Many of them are worried about his involvement in a scandal where Bowen was identified as the “unnamed player” that Adidas funneled $100,000 to at the request of a Louisville coach, leading to an FBI investigation and the firing of Pitino and Louisville AD Tom Jurich.
There are also plenty of Louisville fans who aren’t exactly enthusiastic that Bowen is getting the opportunity to move on when the Cardinals could face NCAA sanctions.
Additionally, there are college basketball fans and media members who have some critical points about the Gamecocks adding Bowen.
While there are people in favor of Bowen joining South Carolina, there’s another group about what his addition to the roster could also mean.
For years, USC fans have been hoping, praying, crossing their fingers and anything else they can to keep hope alive that Spartanburg native Zion Williamson will sign with the Gamecocks.
Would Bowen’s presence as another elite player be enough to entice the internet sensation to stay in the Palmetto State to play his college basketball before embarking on an NBA career. At least in South Carolina and not playing for Clemson, that is.