NCAA confirms Texas-bound top recruit Mo Bamba's eligibility

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 12, 2017

In a Facebook Live video, Johnson alleged that Detroit businessman Greer Love hooked Bamba up with free flights, new clothes and appliances, dental work, and credit card payments, or, as Johnson said, "all the shit that the NCAA will prosecute you for".

Love is a vice president with the Michigan-based investment fund Huron Capital and frequently has been described as "a mentor" to Bamba. He's a financial adviser, basically. "Bamba remains certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center", a Tuesday statement from the league read.

Bamba was accused of receiving benefits from Greer Love, including expensive vacations, in the hopes that Love would eventually be able to become his agent in the National Basketball Association. He said Bamba "asked me to guide him and help coordinate the logistics of his recruitment" and that he cleared any assistance he gave the 7-footer with a former NCAA compliance officer.

Texas put out a statement with more context toward the decision.

"In this case, the relationship between the SA and Mr. Love developed when the SA was in 4th grade through an after school mentoring program. Although the mentoring program had both an academic and athletics objective, their relationship was not established based on (Bamba's) ability or reputation as an athlete". In addition, Mr. Love has a consistent, established pattern of providing comparable benefits to other individuals (and family of individuals) who were also a part of the mentoring program and most of which are pursuing nonathletic career paths/opportunities. Further, the pattern of communication between the SA and Mr. Love has been continuous and the benefits provided to the SA have been consistent since the establishment of their relationship. Therefore, based on the information provided, the benefits provided to [Bamba] by Mr. Love are not in violation of NCAA amateurism rules. The NCAA says Love does not meet the definition of an agent for purposes of NCAA rules. He ranks as the nation's No. 3 player and No. 2 center, according to ESPN.

Finally, NBA scouts will be thrilled (although likely unsurprised, given Johnson's history and the estranged relationship between the brothers) that they will have an opportunity to watch Bamba.

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