Jordan Bowden knows a great deal about the Tennessee program that recently offered him. The Scout three-star guard grew up close to Thompson-Boling Arena and is no stranger to the song Rocky Top or the Power T logo that graces most cars and shop windows in the city.
"I'm from Knoxville, so I've been watching them basically my whole life," Bowden told InsideTennessee. "I left Knoxville in early August and came up to South Carolina. It was for athletics and school also."
The class of 2016 product transferred to 22ft Academy in Greenville, where his dedication to basketball has paid off. Bowden was offered by a trio of schools on Monday that includes Cincinnati and Providence along with the Vols. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound has already developed a good relationship with Tennessee's coaching staff and knows about Rick Barnes' extensive pedigree.
"I've been talking to (associate head coach) coach Rob Lanier and coach Rick Barnes," Bowden told IT. "Coach Lanier, we've been in contact and he's a great coach. Coach Barnes, he's a great coach who's coached a lot of big-time players at Texas. I just love both of those coaches."
The fact that Barnes has coached a plethora of talent that has gone on to achieve NBA success was not lost on Bowden, who also boasts offers from Utah and Tulsa.
"It's something I'm interested in," he said. "I could be one of the next people he coaches to be big time like that."
Cincinnati and Providence are also heavily recruiting the shooting guard who has a knack for playing lockdown defense. Bowden has solid relationships with Bearcats coach Mick Cronin and likes what he sees out of future NBA pick Kris Dunn at Providence.
"Coach Cronin, he's big on defense and I really like that. They love my game and everything. It's a school I'm interested in," Bowden said. "(Providence) lets their guards play. I like everything about their style of play."
The senior doesn't have any visits scheduled at the moment but plans to make some in the next couple of weeks. Until then, he'll keep monitoring his offer situation and searching out the school that best fits his skill set.
"I want somewhere I'm comfortable at, somewhere where I have a great relationship with the coaches," Bowden said. "I want somewhere where I'm comfortable and can become a better player on and off the court."