Denzel Bowles, a 6-foot-9 insider out of Kempsville (Va.) High is headed to A&M. Bowles originally committed to Wichita State and signed with the Shockers. Once Mark Turgeon and his staff relocated to College Station, Bowles figured to go with him.
"Turgeon's relationship with him is like mine," Kempsville coach Taft Hickman said. "For some reason we coach big men very well and we have to know how to stroke them."
Bowles is a great story. He basically wasn't good enough to play for Boo Williams traveling team last spring. By the summer he was improving but not at a rate great enough to make him anyone's priority. The Shockers and Providence loved him and WSU locked him up early.
Having seen Bowles this winter, it's clear the Aggies now have one of the better late-blooming center/forwards in the country.
"I can see the potential," Hickman said. "People on the East Coast are going to be wondering how they missed on this guy the next couple of years. This guy never went to camp.
"I've had some good big men – Monte Williams and some others – and he's just as talented if not more talented. Monte was my best player but Denzel's stronger, quicker and taller. He runs the floor like a deer."
As a junior, Bowles averaged 12 points a game. He reached 1,000 points in his senior year while getting 20.6 and rebounding at a 10.6 clip.
"He didn't get the credit. People might still question because he came out of nowhere so quick; even though he wound up scoring over 1,000 points. I guess because Kempsville being down so long they figured there's no players here. I watched him play and grow and mature."