Tennessee got good news on Tuesday night when local standout Jordan Bowden picked the program. The 6-foot-5 guard had a tremendous senior season at 22 Ft Academy, and become one of the hottest commodities in the country in the spring signing period.
After getting the offer from the Volunteers after a big performance they were considered the leader. Schools such as Utah, Cincinnati, and Providence all offered along with the Vols, but the hometown appeal of Tennessee led to him picking the school.
"It was a dream school growing up in Knoxville," said Bowden. "I used to go to games all the time when I was younger and the atmosphere was amazing the time I stepped foot in Tennessee."
Bowden added, "It's real close for my parents and my granny to come watch me play, that was real big! And just everything about Tennessee made me want to be there!"
The coaching staff at 22 Ft Academy confirmed the Bowden news. Bowden is a high level athlete who can also make shots from the perimeter and should prove to be a versatile defender. He is someone who should come in and compete for playing time immediately for Rick Barnes and his staff.
This is the sixth commitment in the class for Tennessee. All are currently seen as three-star pledges, but they should help build a very solid foundation going forward for the program. A significant upgrade in athleticism is on its way to Knoxville, and Bowden is going to be a big part of that.