WESTFIELD, Ind. - Brian Bowen started the weekend by adding another new scholarship offer.
Mike Brey watched the five-star wing from Saginaw, Mich., on Friday during his first game of the second EYBL session. Shortly after, Bowen added a scholarship offer from the Irish, a program with which he’s already familiar.
“It's a great program,” Bowen said. “They’re improving every year. This year they had a great season. They’re continuing to improve every year, so it’s good.”
Brey followed up Saturday morning by watching Bowen in his first game of the day, a 75-65 loss as Meanstreets fell to Albany City Rocks. Bowen scored 26 points and added six rebounds in the defeat. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein were also among those watching.
Bowen said those in-state programs are among those pursuing him hardest, although he transferred this past season to play at La Lumiere School in Indiana.
La Lumiere, which is about 40 minutes from Notre Dame, took a team visit to South Bend during the season for a game. Irish coaches have also been regulars at practices and games. Bowen watched them during the postseason.
“Pretty much every game they played in the tournament,” Bowen said. “Once it got down to the wire, I watched how they play, their style of play. It’s a great school.”
Bowen paid attention to the style of play and how it might suit his game.
“It’s a style of play for shooters,” Bowen said. “I’m a shooter, so it’d be a great position for me as well. They get up and down the court. It’s a great program and a great coaching staff as well.”
Other offers in to Bowen include Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, N.C. State, Texas and several others. Kansas, Kentucky and Duke are also involved.
Coming out of the spring live periods, Bowen hopes to take some visits and cut the list.
“I’ll take some unofficials,” Bowen said. “Probably after this period I’ll take a couple unofficials and go from there. I know Michigan and Michigan State for sure. Maybe UCLA. Notre Dame wants me to come down, so we’ll just have to see what my schedule is.”
Bowen considers his recruitment “wide open” right now, despite strong interest from Michigan and Michigan State.
“I really don’t care where I’ll go,” Bowen said. “I’m open to the whole country. People think I’m locked down to my in-home state schools but I’m not. I love those schools but I’m definitely not locked down. I’m open to anybody.”