Bowers Reflects on Commitment, Looks Forward
"Man, it was a very big relief because now I can just focus on playing ball," said Bowers, who chose Mizzou over Arkansas, UTEP, Marquette, George Mason and Pepperdine.
Bowers committed to head coach Mike Anderson, whom his family has known since Bowers was a year old, during an-in home visit -- a decision that excited MU's coaches. But no one was more affected than Bowers' mother, who broke down into tears.
"She was very emotional," Bowers said of his decision. "It was just the coaching staff. I felt at home the first time I went there. Mike Anderson, he did it. And then coach [T.J.] Cleveland, I've got a real good relationship with coach Cleveland. And coach Watkins."
Bowers said Anderson plans on using him as a small forward when he gets to Mizzou – he'll enroll for the first summer session after graduating high school -- in order to take advantage of his 36-inch vertical and explosiveness. He admits he needs to work on his ballhandling and put on some weight.
"Six-seven, 195, that's kind of thin, huh?" he said.
With his recruitment finished, he'll have extra time and energy to focus on those things.
"It really was [a relief]. I really wanted to get it done out of the way, so I was happy I could get it done early," said Bowers, who will take his official visit to Mizzou Oct. 6 for the Nebraska football game.
He's looking forward to that visit, mostly because he's only been to Columbia when school was out of session. He enjoyed getting to know the players, but is excited about getting here and checking out the campus while the student body is here – a student body of which he'll be a member before too long.
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