COLUMBIA -- South Carolina head coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that Brian Bowen (F, 6-7, 195, La Porte, Ind./La Lumiere School/Louisville) has enrolled at the University and has joined the Gamecock men’s basketball team.
Based on NCAA transfer rules, Bowen will have to sit for two semesters before being eligible to play.
Bowen is a consensus five-star recruit and 2017 McDonald’s High School All-American. He was ranked 14th in the ESPN 100 for the class of 2017, 19th by 247sports.com and 21st nationally according to Rivals.
He averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game during his senior season and was named the 2017 Gatorade State Player of the Year in Indiana.
“Brian is an exceptional young man and a basketball player with a very high IQ for the game. He brings a high-level skill set to the court and will make an immediate impact on our team with him joining us on the practice courts this week. He is a strong, athletic small forward, who can really shoot the ball and rebound,” Martin said.
“Brian deserves a fresh start and I would like to thank our university administration, President Pastides, our board of trustees and Ray Tanner for their hard work and guidance in helping Brian become a member of our Gamecock family.”
“What better coach is there to help Brian grow as a student-athlete and more importantly as a young man than Frank Martin and his staff,” South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “Over the coming months, we will work diligently with the NCAA through our compliance office to ensure that Brian is eligible for competition.”
Bowen, who signed with Louisville in summer 2017, spent the fall semester enrolled at the school but did not play.
Staley’s team at home
COLUMBIA -- No. 9/8 South Carolina opens a two-game home stand Thursday against Auburn with tipoff at Colonial Life Arena set for 7 p.m. ET.
The Gamecocks (13-2, 2-1 SEC) face a defensively aggressive Tiger team (10-5, 1-2 SEC) that ranks third in the nation in steals per game (14.8) and turnover margin (+10.0). South Carolina is 13th in the nation with just 12.3 turnovers per game and fifth in field goal percentage (.498).
In the last six seasons, the Gamecocks are 17-1 when coming off a loss. The last time South Carolina lost back-to-back games was in February 2013 when the 15th-ranked Gamecocks lost to #14 Texas A&M and #9 Kentucky on Feb, 10 and 14, respectively.
Sophomore guard Tyasha Harris' points/assists double-double at #15/15 Missouri Sunday was the Gamecocks' first in an SEC game since Samone Kennedy posted 10 points and 10 assists at Florida on Feb. 24, 2008.
Senior forward A'ja Wilson has scored in double-figures in 104 of her 120 career games as a Gamecock.
Clemson at UNC
The Clemson women (10-6, 0-3 ACC) are at North Carolina (11-5, 1-2 ACC) Thursday at 7 p.m.
THe Tigers are coming off of a 70-41 loss against Virginia in Charlottesville on Sunday. Senior Alexis Carter scored 12 points in the contest, and has led the Clemson team in scoring the last two games.
Reeve, Agler, Hughes
chosen court coaches
at USA training camp
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — WNBA coaches Cheryl Reeve, Brian Agler and Dan Hughes will serve as court coaches at USA Basketball women's national team training camp in South Carolina next month.
The trio will help coach Dawn Staley with on-court drills and scrimmages during the three-day camp from Feb. 9-11.
Most of the 29 members of the national team pool are expected at the training camp, except for the five college players and those competing professionally in Asia this winter.
Reeve led the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth title in seven years this past season. She was an assistant coach when the U.S. won its sixth consecutive gold medal at the Rio Games.
The U.S. will play in the World Cup — formally known as the world championship — this fall in Spain.
Hughes served on the USA Basketball national team selection committee from 2009-16. He spent 11 years as coach of the San Antonio Stars and will come out of retirement to coach of the Seattle Storm this summer.
Agler was involved with USA Basketball in the late 1990s. He's won WNBA titles with Seattle and the Los Angeles Sparks, where he's currently the coach.