The 2017 class of Greater San Antonio will be the most talented and deepest recruiting class yet, to come out of the Alamo City and surrounding areas.
In AlamoCityHoops.com recent Top 10 list for the '17 class, 7 out of 10 prospects already have D1 offers, and Greg Bowie II is leading the pack with six of them: UTSA, UTEP, Sam Houston State, Texas State, Incarnate Word, and Texas-Arlington, have all extended scholarships.
The 6'2" combo guard from Johnson High School is highly sought after as the local Conference USA program, UTSA, is one of the schools vying for his pledge. Bowie stopped by Monday's practice, saw a lot, and had a lot to say afterwards.
"When we first got there we were approached by Coach Guster, whose recruiting me, then two other assistants, and I talked to the head coach. He's saying they're fresh right now, running some new plays, but they're going to have a chance to be really good," said Bowie.
He stayed for the entire practice and was keeping a keen eye on some of UTSA's key players at his projected position.
"I got to watch some players and they looked good. They're were a few that I really liked. I know one of the guys name, they were talking about him the whole time, it was Gino Littles, and #10, Christian Wilson, those were the two that if i decide to go there, I'd be playing with," said Bowie. "One I spotted too, he came from a juco, Jr. Harris, that's who I really looked at while I was there. Gino, I sought him out because he was very good on the ball, on defense as well. He ran his plays right, he was always running to his spots. Christian was able to hit the open shot a lot as a shooting guard, because Gino was the point at that time. Same with Jr., he was hitting a lot of shots that were wide open for him and he was attacking well."
Bowie went on to add that he feels UTSA will have a chance to surprise some people in C-USA this season. The overall athleticism, the way the team constantly communicated during the practice, and how Head Coach Brooks Thompson would pause practice at certain times to use it as a teaching moment. All that really caught his attention.
So far, the recruiting process has been what Bowie has expected. High major programs have been in touch as well, but most are focusing on the always coveted big man, letting Greg know that he's on their radar and that they'll be in touch. Either way, high major, mid major or low, the level of program really isn't that much of a factor in his future decision.
"A lot of people ask me where I'll play, it really doesn't matter. It's been pretty good so far, I want more schools honestly, but I'll be grateful for what I get," said Bowie.
He's already visited UTEP, Sam Houston State, Texas State, and UTSA. He and his father also plan on visiting Rice, and Texas-Arlington very soon.
With a lot of programs recruiting him, Bowie does say that UTA, SHSU, and UTEP are the three programs standing out at the moment because of their recruiting efforts. Each program has one or multiple things that have firmly stood out to him.
The 'Runners are by no means an after thought, and the visit to practice on Monday definitely helped Bowie see another side of the team.
"I really haven't gotten to see the full UTSA campus, just seeing the players and how they are towards each other, it makes the team a family. I think that leads my attention towards UTSA, they do the simple things, they don't do extra things out of character. I would say the coaches want the best for them," said Bowie.
Currently he's ranked as the #2 overall prospect in all of Greater San Antonio by AlamoCityHoops.com and he plans on making a decision during his senior year, before the early signing period. Bowie is one of three confirmed offers to 2017 prospects, and all three are from the Greater SA area: Marco Anthony (Holmes HS) and Kobe Magee (Brandeis) are the other two. Respectively ranked #1 and #3 by AlamoCityHoops.com.