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Louisville Lands Five-star McDonald’s All-American Brian Bowen

Brian Bowen — a five-star 2017 wing out of LaPorte (IN) La Lumiere High — told D1Vision he has committed to Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino.

“Coach Pitino, he’s a Hall of Fame coach,” Bowen said when asked why the Cards. “He’s won so many games and his personal development is the best I’ve heard of. I watched his workouts. He’s hands on one-on-one with the guys everyday in the gym, working out and getting guys better over a year or two.”

“The biggest part for me was really the family,” Bowen continued. “They loved the atmosphere, they loved the coaching staff and that really was big for me.”

Bowen took an unexpected unofficial to Louisville at the end of April, an unofficial that gave him the chance to sit down one-on-one with Coach Pitino.

“They jumped back into my recruitment a couple of weeks ago,” Bowen confirmed. “A little late but I’ve talked to them plenty of times before. Coach Pitino, his conversation with me was honestly like a match made in Heaven. With Donovan Mitchell leaving, coming in there playing the two position or the three position, it was a big opportunity for minutes right there.”

Pitino had a rare opportunity to jump back into a recruitment late in the game and land one of the top prospects in the country. Asked what Coach Pitino said during their most recent visit.

“(Coach Pitino) talked about how bad he really wanted me and about his development plans and the players,” Bowen stated. “He’s going to put a lot of work in with me one-on-one in the gym.”

As expected, Bowen confirmed that he will be at Louisville in the coming week to begin summer classes.

Bowen chose the Cardinals over Michigan State, Arizona, Creighton, Texas and DePaul. The 6-foot-7 Bowen had over 25 offers from some of the top schools around the country, something he didn;t take for granted.

“Really embracing the moment,” Bowen said when asked what of his fondest memories from the recruiting process. “Everybody that I dealt with. I’ve dealt with plenty of Hall of Fame coaches or soon to be Hall of Fame coaches. Just to grow up to see these coaches being on TV when I was young. I always wanted to play for these certain type of coaches with the high caliber that they have.”

“Visiting the schools, every visit was truly amazing, whether an official or unofficial,” Bowen emphasized. “Just having the opportunity to explore my horizons, going across the country, visiting schools.”

“The thing that really takes me over the top is when a coach sits you down one-on-one and tells you exactly what he wants out of you or how he can make the best out of you” stated Bowen. “A lot of coaches tell you how great you are and that you’re the best thing in the world, but honestly I like a coach that tells me my flaws and what they can help me do to get better.”

Something Coach Rick Pitino emphasized with the McDonald’s All-American.

Bowen joins five-star Malik Williams, four-star Darius Perry, four-star Jordan nwora and four-star Lance Thomas in what is now the fifth best 2017 class in the country.

“We are extremely excited to have Brian with us,” said Coach Rick Pitino in a release. “He’s extremely versatile and can play almost four positions. He’s an outstanding scorer, a terrific passer and someone who just really knows how to play the game. This gives us a deep, talented team and we look forward to playing another exciting schedule.”

 

 

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