If there’s one thing Oregon Men’s Basketball head coach Dana Altman has proved recently, it’s that he’s more than capable of reeling in top-tier high school prospects to continue the hot streak Duck hoops has been on the last couple years. 5 star point-forward Troy Brown Jr. along with 4-star prospects V.J. Bailey, Abu Kigab, and Kenny Wooten Jr. have already committed to Altman’s flourishing program, and now it appears another 5-star recruit has taken notice.
According to a report by Matt Prehm of 247Sports 6-foot-7 swingman Brian Bowen is currently visiting the University of Oregon with his mother. Bowen, interestingly enough, had not included Oregon when he cut his list of potential suitors to 5, instead electing to name Texas, Michigan State, Creighton, Arizona, and North Carolina State as the frontrunners.
Bowen initially said that his selected school would be announced by the end of April and with Oregon seemingly not in the mix landing the nation’s No.12 prospect seemed a long shot. Now, however, it appears Bowen may indeed be considering a move to the Emerald Valley. A tantalizing aspect of Bowen’s trip to UO is that he’s already made his official visits to his aforementioned Final 5 schools, indicating he may have paid his own way to go check out Oregon.
Bowen is regarded as an elite scorer. The McDonald’s All-American scored 26 points in the Jordan Brand Classic, of which he was named MVP. He also led La Lumiere High School to a national championship at the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals, finishing with 15 points in the title game.
“At this point I’m just weighing all my options”, Bowen said, “It’s all about me picking the right school. Every program has given me their best pitch and now it’s just about when I want to make my decision.” Bowen’s decision, and the potential pitch made by UO, will certainly be a hot topic amongst Duck fans, who are already looking at possibly the best recruiting class in Oregon Basketball history.
Bowen may be the cherry on top.