Aggies Add to 2007 Class

New A&M head coach Mark Turgeon has added to the Aggies' 2007 recruiting class. Denzel Bowles from Virginia Beach, VA has decided to make the long trip down to Texas to play for Texas A&M.

Mark Turgeon and the Texas A&M coaching staff will be adding its first player to the program, and its somebody who will join the team for the 2007 season. 6-foot-9, 235-pound versatile post man Denzel Bowles from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who originally signed with Wichita State last November, will be joining Coach Turgeon at Texas A&M after visiting College Station this weekend. Wichita State announced on May 4 that Bowles had been released from his Letter-of-Intent, allowing the emerging big man to find another school to attend.

Signed as a raw, talented prospect before his senior season in the November early signing period, Bowles emerged as a force and basketball recruiting experts such as Scout's Dave Telep proclaimed Bowles one of the biggest steals for WSU in the early signing period. Here's an excerpt from a Telep write-up on the network in December:

"Take Denzel Bowles for example. The 6-foot-9 big man out of Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville pledged to the Shockers during a time when he was more prospect than player. Judging by some recent impressive outings, Bowles is turning the corner. Last time out, Bowles went for 33 points including a stellar 13-for-15 from the charity stripe. Previously, Bowles had erupted for 39 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks in a game. At this point, more of the same from Bowles wouldn't be Shocking!"

Then later in January, Telep observed Bowles at the prestigious MLK Classic in Norfolk and had this brief write-up on Bowles:

"Denzel Bowles, C, Kempsville – This is going to be an interesting case study. The kid is 6-foot-9, turned 17 in June and is light years ahead of where he was last season. Some question the competition level he plays against but from a basketball standpoint the light is coming in. He's got excellent reactions and reflexes. Though he had 23 and 8 in the win, there were stretches of inactivity. Our guess is that this is a late-blooming player with a big ceiling who has a chance to be a legitimate force at Wichita State. If he continues to progress we're talking about a legitimate theft by the Shockers."

And finally, here's what Coach Turgeon said about Bowles in the original Wichita State press release announcving his signing last November:

"Denzel is a great character kid who fits in greatly with the personality of our team," Turgeon said. "Denzel is a long athletic post player who will develop into a great player on both ends of the floor. He has a great touch around the basket and the skills to step out on the floor and make plays for himself and his teammates. With his length and agility, he will have a chance to be a big time presence on the defensive end and on the boards. Denzel is a great addition to our program and community."

With the graduation of big men Antanas Kavaliauskas and Marlon Pompey from last season's Sweet Sixteen team, Bowles will be called upon to provide immediate help to the 2007 squad that includes post players Joseph Jones, Bryan Davis, Chinemelu Elonu, along with fellow newcomer and national Top 10 prospect Deandre Jordan The Aggie Websider will have more about the newest Texas Aggie basketball player shortly, so stay tuned.

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