ESPN No. 13 ranked high school senior Brian Bowen, who was the top unsigned player left in the 2017 class, has committed to Louisville.
The 6-7 small forward averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists this season for La Lumiere, leading the team to a 27-1 record and the 2017 DICK’s Nationals championship.
Bowen also had a strong AAU season last summer, leading his MeanStreets Nike EYBL squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds on a loaded team that also included seniors No. 72 Sr Isaiah Livers, No. 25 PG Sr Alonzo Verge, and No. 81 Nojel Eastern.
“Happy to announce my commitment to the ‘Ville,” Bowen said via Twitter. “Let’s get it.”
Bowen said head coach Rick Pitino was one of the main reasons he chose the Cardinals.
“Really just coach Pitino’s track record,” Bowen told Scout. “He’s a Hall of Fame coach. They’ve been winning a lot of games. I think he’s one of, if not the best, at developing potential in the country. That’s big for me in reaching my goal.”
Bowen said that Louisville sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell’s departure to the NBA was also a factor in his decision.
“They told me about Donovan Mitchell going to the draft a couple of weeks ago and that was a surprise to them,” said Bowen “That was really appealing to me because going in there I can play the two and the three and there’s a lot of minutes and opportunity to make an impact.”
Coach Pitino is getting a well-rounded player in Bowen.
“The main thing I like to do is get my teammates involved,” said Bowen. “My goal for every game is to try to get a triple-double, rebound the ball, pass the ball, and knock down big shots.”
The Cardinals beat out the likes of Texas, Michigan State, Arizona, Creighton, NC State, and DePaul to land the coveted Bowen.
At Louisville, Bowen will join fellow 2017 recruits No. 27 Malik Williams, No. 52 Darius Perry, No. 54 Jordan Nwora, and No. 21 PF Lance Thomas.
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