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NCAA aware of allegations against former Duke recruiting target Mohamed Bamba

Mohamed Bamba (center) cheers for Duke during visit to campus on Feb. 28, 2017.
Mohamed Bamba (center) cheers for Duke during visit to campus on Feb. 28, 2017. cliddy@newsobserver.com

The NCAA has confirmed that it is aware of a video posted by the brother of former Duke recruiting target Mohamed Bamba that accuses him of taking money and gifts from a financial adviser.

Bamba was the No. 2 ranked recruit in the country in the class of 2017 and decided last month to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Texas.

“The NCAA is aware of the situation, and we are working with the school,” Michelle Hosick, a spokesperson for the NCAA, said.

In the profanity-laced video, Bamba’s older brother Ibrahim Johnson accused him of potential NCAA violations that resulted from gifts provided by Greer Love, a financial adviser.

Johnson said in the video that he went to the NCAA with the allegations and that he expected to be interviewed by the organization.

Taking improper benefits would be an NCAA violation.

Attempts to reach Love for comment Thursday were unsuccessful, but in an email last month to The News & Observer, Love identified himself as a mentor to Bamba.

“I was Mo’s original basketball coach in fourth and fifth grade and have been his mentor for the past 9-plus years,” Love said. “I’ve been helping him navigate the whole recruitment process and student life at Westtown.”

According to Love’s Linked In account, he is the Vice President Venture Capital & Private Equity at Michigan-based Huron Capital.

According to his profile, Love’s personal interests include being “actively involved in “Locke’s Lions,” an academic and athletic mentorship program for students who attended Public School 208 in Harlem.”

It is unclear whether Bamba, 19, who is from Harlem, was involved with the program.

An effort to reach Bamba through his coach at Westtown, Seth Berger, was unsuccessful.

Bamba, who was ranked the country’s No. 2 recruit by 247sports.com, was heavily recruited by Duke. The 6-11, 207-pound forward played for Westtown School in Pennsylvania last season and visited Duke in February. He attended a game against Florida State, sat with the Cameron Crazies and went to the locker room with Duke players after the game.

Bamba chose Texas over Duke, Michigan and Arizona.

The University of Texas said in a statement earlier Thursday that it was aware of the allegations.

“We’re aware of the recent social media post regarding our men’s basketball student-athlete Mohamed Bamba,” University of Texas said in a statement. “As is usual practice by the NCAA, Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.”

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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