Bowers, a two-time team co-captain for coach Rick Stansbury's nationally ranked Bulldogs, ranks as Mississippi State's all-time winningest basketball player in having been a part of 87 career wins, including a school-record three consecutive 20-win seasons. The former Mississippi prep player of the year from Gulfport's Harrison Central High School is also on target to earn his bachelor's degree in fitness management this spring.
Ranked 18th on Mississippi State's all-time scoring list with 1,188 career points, Bowers also stands second on the school's chart with 178 career made 3-pointers and fifth with 148 career steals. In helping lead the fourth-ranked and 21-1 Bulldogs to their highest AP ranking since the 1961-62 season-ending wire service poll, the preseason all-SEC selection currently rates 12th in the SEC in scoring (15.3 ppg), third in assists (4.5 apg), fifth in made 3-pointers per game (2.4 treys/gm) and fifth in steals (2.1 spg) for the season.
The respective lists of this year's male and female Senior CLASS Award candidates will next week be trimmed to 10 national finalists, whose names will then appear on the official ballot during the national voting process next month. The men's winner will be announced on CBS-TV during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, while the female winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans. At the same time, the Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award voting committee will also announce the All-Senior All-America First and Second Teams, based on results from the final balloting.
The inaugural award winners were Juan Dixon of Maryland and Connecticut's Sue Bird in 2001-02, followed last year by Xavier's David West and LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State.