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NCAA clears Texas power forward Mohamed Bamba

Hillcrest Prep's DeAndre Ayton #0 in action against Westtown School's Mohamed Bamba during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Saturday, January 14,, 2017, in Springfield, MA.. Westtown School won. (AP Photot/Gregory Payan)
AP Photot/Gregory Payan

Less than two weeks after being accused by his estranged half-brother of accepting impermissible benefits from his mentor, Texas freshman power forward Mohamed Bamba received some good news from the NCAA. On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that Bamba’s relationship with Greer Love did not violate any rules, and as a result the five-star recruit remains certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

“Based on the information provided, the relationship between (Bamba) and Mr. Love meets the 6/6/2000 pre-existing relationship test,” the NCAA stated in the release. “In this case, the relationship between (Bamba) and Mr. Love developed when (Bamba) was in 4th grade through an after school mentoring program. Although the mentoring program had both an academic and athletics purpose, their relationship was not established based on (Bamba’s) ability or reputation as an athlete.”

Ibrahim Johnson, Bamba’s half-brother, alleged in a Facebook video in late June that Bamba and Love violated NCAA rules during the former’s recruitment. Johnson, who has run into serious legal trouble over the past year, was reportedly kept on the periphery during Bamba’s recruitment by his family. Love denied those allegations, telling 247Sports.com on June 29 that everything was handled properly with regards to Bamba’s recruiting process.

“When Mo asked me to guide him and help coordinate the logistics of his recruitment, I immediately engaged the former Chief Compliance Officer of two Big Ten/Big 12 schools, who provided frequent consultation on a variety of matters,” Love told 247Sports.com “Doing things the right way has been our top priority since day one. Mo’s got way too much to lose to take any chances on anything even remotely impermissible. With my 9-year, pre-existing relationship on the line with Mo personally, let alone his college eligibility, I took several additional measures to ensure that Mo was fully compliant every step of the way.”

With Jarrett Allen entering the NBA Draft after his freshman season, Bamba will be a key addition for the Longhorns as they look to rebound from a disappointing 2016-17 season. The 6-foot-11 Harlem, New York native attended Westtown School in Pennsylvania, earning McDonald’s All-American Game honors as a result.

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