June 20, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Around this time last summer, Saginaw native Brian Bowen expected to be among the first rising junior to a receive scholarship offer from Michigan. He told MLive back then, “I’ll see if they offer me or not by the end of July, but the relationship is getting pretty close.”
It made sense. Bowen was among the top 2017 prospects from Michigan at the time.
He still is, and now, a year later, he finally has his U-M scholarship offer.
According to TheMichiganInsider.com’s Sam Webb, the five-star wing was formally extended an offer during a recent visit to campus.
With Michigan currently holding a commitment from four-star shooting guard Jordan Poole, this marks coach John Beilein’s fifth outstanding scholarship offer among 2017 prospects. Jaren Jackson, Kris Wilkes, Kyle Young and Jamal Cain are all believed to hold committable offers.
Bowen is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 11 overall prospect in the 2017 class and as the No. 3 small forward.
Michigan has hosted Bowen for a number of previous visits over the years in a recruitment that’s long been seen as an uphill climb. Bowen, who previously played for Saginaw Arthur Hill, is the cousin of former Michigan State star and NBA veteran Jason Richardson. The Spartans have always been considered as holding the inside lane among his many suitors.
Additionally, Kentucky and Duke have kept tabs on Bowen and, despite neither having offered yet, could eventually throw major heat in his recruitment. Kansas, Florida, Texas, Lousiville, Syracuse and long list of other notables already have standing offers.
Bowen transferred from Arthur Hill to Indiana powerhouse La Lumiere High School in La Porte last August. After spending that summer on the Nike EYBL tour with the Michigan Mustangs (playing alongside incoming U-M freshman Austin Davis), he decided to change schools to increase his level of competition.
As a junior at La Lumiere, Bowen averaged 20.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for a team that ranked in Top 10 nationally.
Bowen has also changed AAU teams. Having joined the Illinois-based Meanstreets team, he’s averaging 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this summer.
When he was still in-state, Bowen averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, three assists per game as a sophomore while leading Authur Hill to a 24-4 record and a runner-up showing in the Michigan Class A state tournament.
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