‘I try all things, I achieve what I can.’ – Moby Dick
Fran McCaffery has landed several blue-chip recruits during his time at Iowa. With all apologies to his Hawkeye point guards of the past, he had yet to land the big get at that position.
That is, until today.
Bowen is a Top 100 national recruit and he is a point guard. He is 6-4/165 and with his commitment, Ishmael…err…Fran McCaffery has landed his white whale.
Bowen had listed offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Boston College, Penn State, Northwestern, Miami, USC and Virginia Tech at this stage of the process…and by saying this stage of the process, we all know the last year has not been normal and there have been fewer exposure opportunities for college football and basketball players.
Bowen, from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, officially visited Iowa this past weekend after taking an unofficial to Iowa in 2019. Iowa has also been after Brewster for a long time, longer than any other Class of 2022 prospect, according to Sean Bock of HawkeyeInsider.com, a part of the 247Sports Network.
If Brewster Academy sounds familiar, it should as current Hawkeye Josh Ogundele played there as well and the two were teammates.
247 ranks Bowen as the 17th best point guard in the class as well as the 82nd ranked player regardless of position.
After spending some time watching highlight clips I could find online, he is a strong finisher around the rim (and can dunk in some traffic) and really favors his right hand. He has a frame that could add another 25 pounds which would compliment his instincts to attack the lane. He doesn’t possess the quickness of a Joe Toussaint (not many do) but he has a nice first step and appears to be adept at finding holes and seams. His shooting motion is solid and repeatable, without any obvious hitches.