Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-17 HS Stats (La Lumiere): 21.6 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 2.0 APG
Why They Are Here?
Not only is he one of the best offensive players in the 2017 Recruiting Class, but Brian Bowen was one of the last recruits in ESPN’s Top 100 to commit. After losing Donovan Mitchell to the NBA Draft, Coach Rick Pitino and the Louisville Basketball program was missing the final piece to his championship formula. Out of nowhere, Louisville snagged Brian Bowen and added him to their already talented 6th best recruiting class in the country. Bowen can play with the ball or off the ball and is a dangerous scorer anywhere on the court. Being quick on his feet and having a long frame will help him find playing time on Coach Pitino’s defensive oriented team. Brian Bowen may not start for the veteran Cards team, but he will have an important role for them this upcoming season.
Role on This Year’s Team
Being as versatile as he is, Bowen will likely see valuable minutes this upcoming season for Louisville. As stated earlier, he may not start because of the likes of F Deng Adel and F V.J. King (5-star recruit from 2016), but will be a focal point offensively when on the court. The main strength of Bowen is his potential both offensively and defensively. Being as offensively minded as he is, Bowen should have no problem finding his shots, but does need to improve upon his long-range shot. Defensively, Brian Bowen must get stronger to be able to use his size and guard opponents in the post and on the wing. With as much talent as Bowen possesses, opponents will have to keep an eye on him off the bench and be ready to keep up with him.
College Season/NBA Prospect
Don’t expect Bowen to be an All-American or receive All-ACC honors this year, but expect him to be a vital key player for Louisville’s success. Much like F V.J. King last year with the Cards, Bowen will likely see a fixed amount of minutes and be part of Pitino’s second unit rotations. From an NBA Draft standpoint, I do not expect Bowen to be a one-and-done player and I fully expect to see him at Louisville for the 2018-19 season. With the talent and experience already on Louisville’s roster, there may not be room to have Bowen play an abundance of minutes, limiting him to rise on draft boards. All in all, Bowen will be an impactful young player that Pitino can mold into whatever player he needs him to be!
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NBA Draft Analyst/Louisville Basketball
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