Bowman's Big Move Pays Off

Not content with his game or the offers he had received coming out of high school, York guard Tré Bowman opted to attend a Connecticut prep school. He eventually earned an offer from Penn State and committed to the Lions Monday.

By most measures, Tré Bowman had an outstanding senior basketball season at Central York (Pa.) High in 2008-09. He led his team by scoring 22 points per game and drew scholarship offers from Division I schools St. Francis (Pa.) and La Salle.

But one person not satisfied with the effort was Bowman himself.

“I knew I was good in high school,” he said. “But I wasn't doing so well against the best competition. So I wanted to play against better players and get better looks [from college programs].”

He opted to do so at prep powerhouse St. Thomas More, an all-boys boarding school in Oakdale, Conn. He played the 2009-10 campaign there.

“My season went well,” the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder said. “I started slow, adjusting to the way we played. But when I came back from Christmas break, I really turned it up.”

He said he led the team at better than 20 points per game. He also received the improved offers he was hoping for, as Penn State, Drexel, South Florida and Minnesota came calling. The Lions had been following him since his junior year at Central York, but waited until his game rounded out to offer a scholarship about a month ago.

Penn State was his first visit, as he arrived over the weekend and did not leave until Tuesday.

"It went really well. I met all the players and coaches,” he said. “I got to play with the team. Just getting to know everybody is what I wanted to do."

He liked it so much he committed. "Everything just felt right, so I pulled the trigger."

Bowman spent most of his time with redshirt freshman guard Jermaine Marshall (who he knew previously because they are from the same general area) and All-Big Ten point man Talor Battle. But he said throughout his stay he got to know all of the players and coaches.

Besides being comfortable in Happy Valley, he also likes the fact that it is close to home.

“I like to see my family at games,” he said.

Asked to assess his game, Bowman said, “I can shoot the ball well, dribble and drive, and I'm very athletic.”

The primary area for improvement?

“I'm a good defender,” he said, “but I want to be the best defender.”

Having spent a year at a boarding school should give Bowman an advantage over most freshmen. He is used to being away from home. And it helped that he played with and against some of the best young talent in the nation. His team also featured former West Virginia commit Bryon Allen (a wing who is now headed to George Mason) and center Andre Drummond, who some tabbed as the country's top sophomore.

Bowman played against Memphis signee Will Barton and Pitt signee J.J. Moore, scoring more than 20 in both games.

With former starting shooting guard Chris Babb having left the program with the intention of transferring, Bowman believes he is ready to make an immediate impact at Penn State. And he is not alone.

“Coach [DeChellis] told me, if I don't come in and get a lot of minutes, he'll be disappointed in me,” Bowman said.

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