Brian Bowen

McDonald’s All-American Brian Bowen II considering DePaul

We caught up with 5-star recruit Brian Bowen II at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago. We’ll breakdown where DePaul stands in the race for the forward in this report.

CHICAGO -- Amid the excitement surrounding the McDonald’s All-American Game, 5-star recruit Brian Bowen II said his timetable for his commitment remains uncertain. Even though DePaul jumped in the picture late, as he took an unofficial visit to DePaul on March 11th, he didn’t rule out the school from his original choices.

The 6-foot-7, 175-pound Bowen has offers from Arizona, Michigan State, Creighton, North Carolina State, Texas and the Blue Demons.  He is ranked 19th in the nation for the 2017 recruiting class by Scout.com. He is also ranked as the fifth best small forward in the country by Scout.

“When I went on my visit (to DePaul), I learned a lot about them that I didn’t really know,” Bowen said. “Once I know everything about them (DePaul), it could be a different story.”

Over the last couple of months, DePaul coaches began watching Bowen play for La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. He says he became interested because his former teammate Brandon Cyrus attends DePaul. The two played together for one season.

In his freshman campaign with the Blue Demons, Cyrus averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

“He was a great vocal leader (at La Lumiere),” he said. “He plays hard all the time, and he’ll be even better next year.”

Moreover, Bowen says La Lumiere coach Shane Heirman has a strong relationship with DePaul’s coaching staff. Blue Demons forward Al Eichelberger also played under him for a stretch of last season before returning to Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan.

When Bowen went on his unofficial visit to the campus, he says coach Dave Leitao emphasized the importance of exhibiting high character on and off the court. Additionally, he enjoyed talking with associate head coach Rick Carter.  

On the hardwood, Bowen considers himself explosive in transition, along with showcasing his peskiness on the other end of the floor. While at La Lumiere, he would defend players at every position.

However, the Saginaw, Michigan native failed to exhibit those tactics in the McDonald’s All-American Game, producing just three points on 1-of-6 shooting, as well as one rebound and one assist. Defense appeared optional throughout, yet Bowen was unable to convert during a few fast-break opportunities.

If Bowen ended up surprising college basketball fans with a commitment to DePaul, he’d be one of the primary faces of Wintrust Arena, which is set to be the Blue Demons’ new home next season.

“The new (Wintrust) arena is going to amazing,” he said. “The setup is going to be an NBA-type arena.”

Although Bowen has no official visits left, he says he could still return to DePaul on an another unofficial visit. He’ll make his official decision sometime in April.


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