In the always changing, but never quiet world of Brian Bowen comes word that the Louisville recruit has hired former Kentucky basketball star Derek Anderson as his personal trainer on Monday.
Bowen’s attorney, Jason Setchen, feels the youngster is in limbo as he remains suspended from all team’s activities until further notice. The decision to hire Anderson helps Bowen to remain sharp on the basketball court until he is allowed to become part of the Cardinals program once again. Or in a worse case scenario, Bowen abandons all hope of playing college basketball and heads overseas to play professionally until he becomes eligible for the NBA draft.
“One of the things I’ve seen in guys in these eligibility holding patterns is they’re not able to practice and they’re not getting any coaching,” Setchen said in an interview with Louisville Courier-Journal writer Tim Sullivan, “No kid is running suicides (on his own). No kid is doing the stuff he doesn’t want to do.”
Bowen was suspended indefinitely for his alleged involvement in a bribery scheme that gave his family $100,000 from Adidas executives and Louisville coaches in exchange for him to commit to playing basketball at the university. Being implicated in a pay-for-play scandal that’s being currently investigated by the FBI led to school administrators to formally fire coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Zurich last week.
The NCAA is reluctant to act upon Bowen’s reinstatement request until the FBI has cleared him of all charges. Setchen is optimistic that his client will become eligible to play this season, but it won’t come at the expense of the ongoing development of Bowen’s talents.
“I told him when he came in here, the mental preparation is what separates you,” Anderson said in the same interview, “People want to see if you can handle situations, the game, the pressure. When you come into a game, you have to block out family, friends, everything.”
Bowen continues to live on campus at the program’s dormitory, and is allowed access to the team’s practice facility, but must leave when practice is in session.
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