Roughly a year after allegations surfaced that his family received a payment which led to him joining the Louisville men’s basketball program, Brian Bowen has found a team to continue his basketball career.
ESPN reports that Bowen has signed a professional contract with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in Australia.
Bowen was informed in late November of 2017 that he’ll not be able to continue his basketball career at the University of Louisville. He later decided to transfer to South Carolina and sat out for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
After being informed by the NCAA that he’ll have to sit out for at least another season, Bowen decided to enter the NBA Draft, but later pulled his name at the last minute after fears that he’d go undrafted. He’ll be able to re-enter the draft in 2019.
Bowen’s deal with the Sydney Kings is through the NBL’s Next Stars program, meaning his salary will come from the league and not the team he plays for.
The NBL is aiming to benefit from the exposure of helping Bowen build his draft stock and in the process lure additional top prospects to play in Australia in the future instead of playing in college.
Bowen will join former No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut, who recently signed a two-year deal to return to his home country and finish his pro career with the Sydney Kings.
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