Brian Bowen’s dad: adidas offered $100K because that’s what KU’s Preston got



October 5, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas forward Billy Preston watches from the bench during a 114-71 win against Texas Southern on Nov. 21, 2017, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. John Sleezer/ Kansas City Star/TNS

The father of a former Louisville basketball recruit testified in federal court Thursday that he was told former Kansas forward Billy Preston was given $100,000 to attend KU.

Brian Bowen Sr., during testimony to a jury in New York, said his son Brian Bowen Jr. originally had an offer of $60,000 to $80,000 from Christian Dawkins and adidas to attend Louisville. Bowen Sr. then said he was told by Dawkins that the offer was increased to $100,000 because that was the amount Preston received to attend KU, according to Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel.

Bowen’s testimony appears to line up with the superseding indictment against Dawkins and adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code, which alleged in April that Gatto “conspired to illicitly funnel approximately $90,000 from Company-1 (adidas) to the mother of a top high school basketball player.” The indictment goes on to say “the payments were made in connection with a commitment by the student-athlete to attend the University of Kansas, a school sponsored by (adidas) and with the expectation that the student-athlete would sign with (adidas) upon entering the NBA.”

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