If it wasn’t already clear how badly Iowa State hopes to land Northern Illinois graduate transfer Darrell Bowie, Wednesday provided another glimpse.
A week and a half after Iowa State offered the 6-foot-7 Bowie, coach Steve Prohm and assistant T.J. Otzelberger used the team’s off-day Wednesday first to have lunch with Bowie in DeKalb (Ill.) and then to visit his parents in Milwaukee.
Neither effort was lost on Bowie.
“For Coach P to take time out of his day — when they have a big game Saturday versus Kansas — for him to take time out of his day and just come see me and then go see my family and go back to Ames driving all in the same day, that means a lot to me,” Bowie said. “That’s how much he’s committed and wants me to be a Cyclone. That’s one thing I love.”
Bowie, who will be an immediately eligible fifth-year senior in 2016-17, signed his release papers Feb. 17 and Iowa State offered shortly after. He has also heard from TCU, Drake, Creighton, Marquette, Loyola (Chicago) and Nevada. Marquette offered Monday.
Iowa State’s interest in Bowie is for obvious reason: The Cyclones graduate forwards Georges Niang, Abdel Nader and Jameel McKay at season’s end, losing a bulk of their scoring and some 20 rebounds per game.
Bowie averaged 9.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as junior after averaging 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 2013-14. In early January of his junior season, Bowie dislocated his shoulder. A comeback attempt later that season proved unsuccessful and he had surgery late last March before deciding in November to transfer.
After Otzelberger made the same trip last Thursday (including to Milwaukee), he returned to see Bowie Wednesday with Prohm.
“I like how the conversation went,” Bowie said. “Everybody was comfortable, we were having a good time and it was just cool. We weren’t even talking about basketball like that, really, we were just talking about life. Me and Coach T.J., we’ve had a connection from the jump just because he’s from Milwaukee. We met and everything and it picked up kind of where me and T.J. left off [last week].”
Iowa State would use Bowie at the forward position with fellow soon-to-be senior and Milwaukee native Deonte Burton while JUCO transfer Emmanuel Malou and youngsters Simeon Carter and Brady Ernst would also be in the mix.
Bowie’s size and versatility allows him to help in many ways.
“They just want to use my versatility in how they run their offense,” Bowie said. “Somebody who can get out and run also and cause a lot of big matchup problems. That’s what they like most about the situation and that’s how Coach P said he wants to use me and how he’s going to use me.”
Bowie, who was set to visit Iowa State last weekend before a family emergency, is continuing to work through his and Iowa State’s schedule on a potential visit. That could happen for Selection Sunday on March 13.
Bowie will make a decision in mid-to-late March.
“It’s a blessing just to have coaches like that or people like that reaching out to me,” Bowie said of his visit Wednesday. “To have as much as they’ve got going on, just for them to do that to me, that means a lot to me.”