Brian Bowen: Jordan Brand Classic’s Most Outstanding Player

Throughout the entire week at the Jordan Brand Classic, 5-star small forward Brian Bowen never failed to impress. He may as well have been the most outstanding player at the event.

After a fantastic practice in front of dozens of NBA scouts on Wednesday, Bowen scored a game-high 26 points in the All-American Game, earning him co-MVP honors. Bowen was unstoppable in the contest, shooting 10-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds and two blocks as well, all of which came in just twenty minutes of floor time. This level of shooting wasn’t merely an astonishing breakout – Bowen had been shooting lights out for the entire week. On Wednesday, virtually all of Bowen’s shots fell from the mid-range all the way to beyond the arc. Friday was no different.

Bowen’s high school basketball success goes beyond this week alone. His high school team, La Lumiere, won the Dick’s Nationals this season, declaring them as the top high school team nationwide. During the national tournament, Bowen averaged 18.3 points per game for the top seeded Lakers.

The 5-star small forward is currently one of six uncommitted 5-star prospects, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Bowen’s top six of Arizona, Creighton, Michigan State, NC State, Texas and UCLA released back in September. While no official list cut has been made since, the three frontrunners in his recruitment are Arizona, Creighton and Michigan State. It wasn’t until Allonzo Trier and Miles Bridges, both wings on their respective teams, announced their intentions to come back to school that Creighton had a reasonable shot at landing Bowen. However, the Bluejays currently offer the most playing time at a vacant starting small forward position for Bowen, making Omaha a very intriguing option for the Indiana native.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball favors Arizona and Michigan State as top landing spots, both holding 37% of predictions. Creighton owns 11%, while the remaining Crystal Ball was deemed as “foggy” by experts, meaning they could not come to a definitive decision on where Bowen would land.

College basketball is currently in the late signing period, so an announcement from Bowen could very likely come before the conclusion of the month. This could surely be busy weeks for programs, as several other 5-star and 4-star prospects are expected to make decisions during this window as well.

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