Inside Brian Bowen's new path to the NBA and what it means

"There's always different pathways to the NBA," Brian Bowen said. AP Photo/Gregory Payan

Brian Bowen Sr. has been in the headlines all week. While his testimony in the FBI's ongoing NCAA investigation makes several programs across the country nervous, the primary player in the college basketball bidding war sits 10,000 miles away.

Where has all of this left Bowen's son, the 6-foot-7 McDonald's All-American whom a host of high major programs allegedly broke out the checkbook to acquire?

The 20-year-old is far from the spotlight, less than 48 hours from making his Australian National Basketball League debut for the Sydney Kings as the first prospect in the new Next Stars initiative.

Brian "Tugs" Bowen wasn't seen at any of the popular collegiate pro days this month. He hasn't yet been visited by many scouts. But on the other side of the world, Bowen is quietly preparing for the start of a season-long journey toward regaining relevance as a 2019 NBA draft prospect.