Bowman Faces Sports Decision

By the end of the month, UNC wide receiver commitment Kyran Bowman will decide whether or not to continue playing football.

Kyran Bowman remains verbally committed to North Carolina for football. However, he’s considering shifting his focus solely to basketball.

“I haven’t really made a decision,” Bowman said. “Maybe by the end of the month I’ll know.”

Bowman, a 6-foot-1, 161-pound wide receiver from Havelock (N.C.), accepted a football scholarship from UNC nearly 14 months ago. As part of the commitment, he will be provided an opportunity to walk-on to the Tar Heels’ basketball team.

If he decides to follow the original plan (i.e. play both football and basketball in college), Bowman will stand by his UNC commitment. He’s not considering playing football for any other program. On that note, when he announced a top five schools list – consisting of Arizona, Kentucky, UNC, NC State, and UCLA – in late March via his personal Twitter account, he says he was/is only considering those schools for basketball.

If Bowman does decide to give up football to focus on basketball, he won’t play football during his senior year and he will de-commit from UNC.

“Basketball is my first love,” Bowman said. “I still like football. But when I’m in football season, conference season has already started for basketball so I’m behind everybody.”

East Carolina is the only school that has offered Bowman a basketball scholarship. He has, though, had conversations with Clemson’s basketball staff.

Bowman says that he has not discussed his sports contemplation with Jim Bob Bryant, Havelock’s head football coach, or the UNC staff.

Speaking of the UNC staff, Bowman’s contact with the Tar Heels has shifted to Gunter Brewer, who coaches the wide receivers. It’s been a month since Bowman and Brewer have spoken.

Bowman is in the middle of his AAU basketball season, during which he plays for Team Wall. On the season he’s averaging 15 points, six rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.


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