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Five-star wing Brian Bowen closing in on his college choice

Brian Bowen, Scout's No. 19 overall prospect, is weeks away from making his college choice. What's the latest in Bowen's recruitment?

There are just five players ranked among the top 20 players in 2017 still available. One of those players is 6-foot-7 LaPorte (Ind.) La Lumiere wing Brian Bowen.

But Bowen is closing in on making his college choice.

“It’s going really good,” Bowen told Scout about his recruitment. “I’m just listening to what the coaches are saying. You have to watch a lot of games of all the schools I’m looking at. I’m looking forward to my decision this month.”

Bowen’s list of schools is down to ArizonaCreightonMichigan StateNC State and Texas. Thus far, he’s taken official visits to each of the schools involved, except for Michigan State.

Over the weekend, Bowen, accompanied by his teammates and parents, took another trip to Creighton. This one was an unofficial visit for their showdown with undefeated Villanova.

“It was really good,” Bowen said. “I got to see the crowd really live, they were playing the number one team in the country so everyone was really live and wanted to see how they’d play against the number one team in the country, so I really enjoyed my visit overall.”

What has Creighton’s pitch been to the five-star wing?

“Really just come in and be a big time scorer,” he said. “You know, making a bigger impact on a smaller level school as they said. You know just really making a huge impact with the couple guys they had committed already, going there and being the leading scorers, coming in there right away.”

Bowen’s latest official visit was to Texas the weekend of November 26th.

“I have a couple of teammates there so that was really great to see those guys, I really had a lot of fun on that trip with them,” he said. “The visit overall was really good. Coach Smart, he’s a really down to earth guy once you sit down and talk to him, he’s really cool and I saw their practices, they’re really intense practices so guys are always getting better.

“They really need a scoring wing is what they said, a big scoring wing so I’m really interested in them as well,” he added. “I’ve talked to a couple of guys, so we’ll see where it goes with them. Their recruiting pitch is really good and I really enjoy the coaching staff and school and everything.”

Arizona, Sean Miller have been aggressive with their pursuit of Bowen as well. Bowen visited the Wildcats officially in late October.

“I really like Coach Miller he’s a great guy,” Bowen said.” His staff is really great as well. I really like their pitch, talking about their guys that they’ve gotten in the league in my position. That’s really a big part of it and their style of play, it really seems like it fits me pretty well. That’s really been their main pitch and I really liked it.”

Bowen also took an official to NC State on October 31st. According to Bowen, Mark Gottfried showed him a booklet mapping out how they would use him.

“They’ve been recruiting me for a while as well so it was good to get down there, spend some time with the coaching staff and everything,” he said. “They have a really great coaching staff, I really like them a lot. I went there and didn’t get to go to a game or anything but the facilities are really nice and everything.

“Really the best thing I liked about them is they had a whole book, a plan for me they have for me when I go there kind of like they did with Dennis [Smith]. As far as a whole book on how they would get me better, or what they would do for me on and off the court so it was really a great visit.”

Bowen has been to Michigan State multiple times unofficially, and it sounds like he’ll head to MSU for another visit prior to making his college decision.

“I don’t think I’m going to take an official there, but this month I’m pretty sure I’m going to get there unofficially just to check them out,” Bowen said. “They really want me to come up there and check them out so whenever I have time I’m going to get up there.”

Bowen said among the pitches by MSU has been to play for his hometown school.

“That’s really a big thing they’ve been talking about, you know, making a huge impact on my state how Miles did as well so that plays a big factor in it as well, you know, the home factor,” he said.

Bowen told Scout that he doesn’t have an exact date for making his college choice, but is planning on doing it in January.

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