Mohamed Bamba #11 of the boys east team blocks Michael Porter Jr. #1 of the boys west team during the 2017 McDonalds's All American Game on March 29, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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WATCH: SportsCenter’s Scott Van Pelt weighs in on Mohamed Bamba situation

Posted June 30th, 2017


Texas basketball recruit Mohamed Bamba became one of the biggest sports stories Thursday, after his older brother made claims on social media “exposing” Bamba for accepting illegal benefits from a financial adviser.

The claims prompted a statement from UT and later a response from Greer Love, the accused financial adviser who is a longtime mentor of Bamba’s. Rob Dauster from NBC Sports reported that the pair’s relationship “has been cleared and vetted by the NCAA.”

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Still, the allegations and response caused quite an uproar in college basketball circles, leading SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt to address the situation during his nightly “1 Big Thing” segment. Van Pelt used the situation to highlight what he called the “sketchy” world of recruiting in college football and basketball.

After rehashing the available details reported on Bamba and his relationships with his brother Ibrahim “Abe” Johnson and Love, Van Pelt gave his take on the situation.

“Maybe Greer Love only has Bamba’s best interests at heart, maybe his half-brother is a rotten dude doing him dirty because he wanted his and got shut out. I don’t know,” he said. “I do know that Bamba is, by all accounts of the people who know recruiting well, one of the brightest and most thoughtful young men in the class of ’17 and I just feel badly for him here. Because this is all gross, and he’s just a kid.”

Watch the full segment below:

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