Roy Williams Will Be Watching Bowen

Brian Bowen, a 2017 wing from Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill, is on the Tar Heel radar as the July circuit approaches.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- One of the more versatile prospects in the Class of 2017, Brian Bowen is on UNC head coach Roy Williams's watch list for the coming July evaluation period.

"Roy Williams, he called my head coach and said that he wants to come watch me play," Bowen said. "He watched me play at one of our sessions and he likes the way that I play a lot and he wants to get to some more games in July."

North Carolina is one of many programs that has shown interest in Bowen. On the first day Division I coaches could call Class of 2017 prospects on June 15, Bowen got calls from numerous programs.

"It was really crazy. I got 25 calls from all different schools," Bowen said. "It was really crazy but I enjoyed it. It was really fun for the first day."

Although Bowen is hearing from many of the nation's top programs, he's going to take his time during the recruiting process as he gathers information.

"My recruitment is open to everybody in the country. Over the next year or so I'll make my list and cut it down," Bowen said.

"I just want to build relationships with everybody. All the schools that have called me and more schools besides that and see where it goes from there."

With so many schools showing interest and offering scholarships, Bowen is zeroing in on a few things that he's looking for in a future program.

"Really, a school that really wants me. That loves me and puts me in the right position," Bowen said. "A school that wins, as well."

Bowen will also watch a lot of college basketball in the hopes of finding which program plays at the style he prefers.

"I like to run and gun. Any team that gets up and down the court fast, that's my game," Bowen said. "Guys that pass and kick and knock down threes and everything. Pretty much, guys that have all-around game."

This spring, Bowen averaged 15.6 points, 5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Michigan Mustangs in the adidas Gauntlet.

Spring Evaluation
by Brian Snow
"There aren’t many more skilled kids in the country than Bowen. What is interesting is right now he is clearly most comfortable playing on the ball as a point forward than as a secondary ball handler. He has to give better effort on defense, and impact the game more as a rebounder, but he can really score and also is a very good passer."

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