Talented Juco Forward Planning Auburn Visit

Junior college power forward Cinmeon Bowers (6-6, 260) is planning to visit Auburn and talks about his interest in the basketball Tigers.

Chipola, Fla.--A talented junior college forward recently released from his letter of intent at Florida State following an off-the court incident, Chipola junior college standout Cinmeon Bowers (6-6, 260) says he will visit Auburn next week and could end up signing with the Tigers if things go right

Being recruited by assistant coach Tony Jones for the Tigers, Bowers said he plans to take an official visit the weekend following the Final Four in Dallas and is looking forward to seeing Auburn for the first time.

"They have a new head coach coming in (Bruce Pearl) and he has some assistant coaches that are great," Bowers tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Plus, Charles Barkley went there so they have some great alumni. I think I kind of play like him, but I don't do a lot of dunking on people.

"I want to see how the staff is," he added. "I also want to check the team out. I have heard it's a good college town and they back you there."

Learning more about the Tigers since he started talking with Jones, Bowers said that he is looking for a place to come in and make an impact right away. With Auburn looking for help at power forward and needing a big body in the middle, he said it could be a perfect fit. And with just two seasons left to play coming out of junior college, Bowers adds that for him it's important to play early.

"They said I would have the chance to come in and start right away and play big minutes," he added. "I think it's a great opportunity for me. It's the SEC and I could come in and make a major impact right away.

"That's my main priority," he added about playing early. "I don't want to go to some school and play behind somebody. Coming from a junior college I only have two years to make it happen."

Playing in 22 games this season for Chipola, Bowers averaged 12.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. As a freshman scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds per game.

Originally from Racine, Wis., Bowers was recruited by Memphis and several other schools, but failed to qualify because he didn't take the right amount of core courses. That sent him to junior college where he committed to Florida State last September over Louisville, DePaul, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and several other schools.

Bowers is a player who has seen his share of adversity in the last three years with the most recent an arrest for allegedly eating marijuana to try to hide it from police officers during a traffic stop. Having already signed with Florida State, Bowers was released from his NLI without comment from the university in March and is now free to sign with any school. South Carolina and Memphis are two of the schools hoping to get a visit from Bowers, but so far Auburn is the only trip scheduled.

As for what he's learned during his troubled time, Bowers said it's plenty.

"I have learned big-time to take life seriously," Bowers said. "I'm going to take every opportunity I have because they don't come around that much. I have a daughter, too, so I have to make it happen."

With the late signing period for junior college basketball players beginning April 16, Bowers said he hopes to have a decision a few days after his trip to Auburn if things go well.

"I don't know if they have offered me yet," Bowers said. "I guess they have. If I wanted to go there right now I think I could sign."

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