Brian Bowen‘s attorney came out strong in support of the South Carolina basketball player, whose future remains a question.
On Wednesday, Jason Setchen wrote on Twitter that NCAA officials “must make ruling on Brian Bowen’s eligibility before the May 30 deadline to withdraw from [the] NBA draft pool.” Setchen added that Bowen “deserves due process after almost a year in limbo.”
Bowen started his college career at Louisville. He declared for the NBA draft, but he didn’t hire an agent. The former 5-star recruit departed from Louisville after he was named in the FBI’s probe into college basketball last fall.
Bowen was added to the Gamecocks’ roster in January. The NCAA hasn’t ruled whether he’ll be eligible for the 2018-19 season. He was invited to the 2018 NBA Draft Combine, which is being held this week in Chicago.
Please RETWEET: The NCAA must make a ruling on Brian Bowen’s eligibility before the May 30 deadline to withdraw from NBA draft pool. Regardless of how you feel about Brian’s case, can we agree that win or lose he deserves due process after almost a year in limbo. #ncaa #sportslaw
— Jason Setchen (@AthleteDefender) May 17, 2018
Before Setchen named Bowen in the tweet above, the attorney wrote Wednesday that discipline from the FBI’s college basketball probe is being handed out in an “arbitrary and capricious manner.”
The arbitrary and capricious manner that discipline is being doled out to certain student athletes and coaches implicated in the Adidas/FBI probe is becoming increasingly more disturbing by the day. #adidas #sportslaw
— Jason Setchen (@AthleteDefender) May 16, 2018
It’s unclear whether Bowen will receive an answer from the NCAA soon. But you can understand the rising urgency, given the looming deadline. On Tuesday, South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin addressed Bowen’s situation with 107.5 The Game.
“The reason I’m very optimistic is everyone else that was under the whole dark cloud [FBI investigation] has been cleared to play moving forward,” Martin said in the radio appearance via The State’s Andrew Ramspacher. “They either got cleared to play this year. Or they’ve been cleared to play next year. Every one.”
The 2018 NBA Draft is scheduled to happen June 21.