NCAA basketball scandal has Saginaw ties

 Brian Bowen dunks during an Arthur Hill High School basketball game.
Brian Bowen dunks during an Arthur Hill High School basketball game. (WJRT)
Published: Sep. 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM EDT
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(9/26/2017) - Two of the people involved in the investigation into a wide ranging NCAA men's basketball scandal have Saginaw ties.

Christian Dawkins, son of former Saginaw High School state championship basketball coach Lou Dawkins, is now an agent. Federal prosecutors accused him of helping funnel money to basketball recruits.

While the complaint doesn't name any of the high school players who were recruited, it does refer to times and dates that would indicate one of them is Brian Bowen, who played for two years at Arthur Hill High School. Bowen eventually transferred to a prep school before signing with Louisville in June.

Greg McMath was Bowen's coach at Arthur Hill.

"Man, I am really shocked about it because I know him and his family are really good people and Brian is such a great kid," McMath said of Bowen.

While many were shocked when Bowen picked Louisville, McMath was not.

"Louisville recruited Brian here when he was at Arthur Hill when he was a sophomore," McMath said.

Bowen's father is the uncle of Jason Richardson, the Saginaw-area native who starred for several years before his career was cut short by injuries. McMath said he has never seen an alleged pay-to-play operation like this, involving shoe companies and sports agents.

"They try to recruit kids through the camps and different things like that to go to go to schools, but I never heard of them being involved with actually paying an athlete to go to a university so that's why it is so shocking to me," McMath said.

He has not talked with Bowen yet, but he hopes to soon.

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