Fowler Got Late Start

Jordan Fowler had a couple of pretty good options in the spring. Both St. John's and URI were interested in bringing the senior shooting guard on board, but the New Jersey native already had his mind set on taking a year in the preps and then going big-time.

It wasn't as if Jordan Fowler didn't have options. The former Montclair Prep (N.J.) star was courted by the likes of St. John's and also Rhode Island, but he opted to pass on the offers.

``I just decided to do a year of prep school instead," said the 6-5, 195-pound senior, who took an official visit to URI and an unofficial to St. John's in the spring. "Everything caught me by surprise when St. John's and URI got involved, but I'm going to stick with my original plan and go to prep school."

Fowler, who has been Jimmy Salmons' best player on several occasions with the Playaz Basketball Club this spring, will likely head to either St. Benedict's (N.J.) or St. Luke's (Conn.) in the fall.

Fowler, 18, is a strong player who is a smooth outside shooter and can also get to the basket. A year ago in the summer Fowler didn't get much playing time on a team with wing J.R. Smith and David McClure (Duke). This year has been different.

``I still can't figure it out why he didn't get more interest until late," Salmons said. "I think he's Allan Houston. He's got a big-time stroke, is a good athlete and is a strong kid. He's a full-qualifier and it appeared as though he wasn't going to qualify. He had a great year academically. Some weekends he's clearly our best player."

That's saying a lot since the Playaz boast guys like Brandon Costner and rising junior Wayne Ellington.

``I'm getting a chance to play and getting a lot more exposure," Fowler added.

Now Fowler, who averaged 24 points, seven boards and four assists per game last season at Montclair, is attracting attention from the likes of Georgetown, Maryland, St. Joseph's, Georgia Tech, St. John's and Seton Hall.

``I want to go somewhere I can get a couple minutes," he added. "Playing time is important to me."

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