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Mohamed Bamba’s brother alleges that the Texas signee received gifts from adviser

Mohamed Bamba was rated as the nation’s No. 2 recruit for the Class of 2017 by Rivals.
Mohamed Bamba was rated as the nation’s No. 2 recruit for the Class of 2017 by Rivals. Associated Press

The brother of former Kentucky target and current Texas basketball signee Mohammed Bamba created a stir on social media Wednesday night by alleging that his sibling had received cash and gifts from a financial adviser.

In a profanity-laced Facebook post, Ibrahim Johnson alleged that Greer Love had supplied cash and gifts to Bamba, who was rated the No. 2 overall prospect for the cass of 2017 by Rivals. Missouri signee Michael Porter was ranked No. 1.

Texas released a statement to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday night.

“As is usual practice by the NCAA, Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center,” the statement from Texas read. “The NCAA has not informed us of any pending issues or eligibility concerns at this time regarding Mo. If there are further questions, we certainly will cooperate with the NCAA to the fullest.”

Bamba chose Texas over Kentucky, Michigan and Duke on May 18.

Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports reports, “Love, a vice president at Michigan-based investment firm Huron Capital, did not immediately respond Wednesday night to an email from Yahoo Sports seeking comment. In previous articles written about Bamba, Love is referred to as a mentor to the young basketball prospect.”

Rivals ranked Texas as having the nation’s fourth-best recruiting class for 2017. Kentucky was ranked No. 1, followed by Duke and Arizona.