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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: signing day capsule for Lorne Bowman

Welcome Wisconsin’s point guard of the future to Madison.

Now that the 2020 men’s basketball class can officially sign on the dotted line, B5Q gives you a snapshot of each player joining the fold for the Wisconsin Badgers next season...

2020 guard Lorne Bowman

Position: Point guard

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 180 pounds

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

High school: St. Mary’s Prep


  • 247 Composite: three-star, 91.90 rating (No. 157 nationally / No. 25 point guard), No. 5 in state
  • 247 Sports: three-star, 89 rating (No. 170 nationally / No. 30 point guard), No. 5 in state
  • Rivals: three-star, (unranked nationally / No. 42 point guard)
  • ESPN: four-star, 80 rating, No. 94 in ESPN 100 (No. 20 point guard), No. 16 in region, No. 3 in state

Links to other B5Q posts on player

Committed to Wisconsin on November 16th, 2018

Player breakdown

Lorne Bowman was the first commit for head coach Greg Gard and his staff in the class of 2020 and set the table, like any good point guard, for what should end up being one of the best classes in school history. His ascension up the rankings, like Wisconsin’s class, has been notable. When he verbally committed to the Badgers, none of the major recruiting sites had him ranked at all and now he is a 4-star on ESPN and a high 3-star in the 247 Composite.

Phil notes in his player profile, linked above: “Bowman will definitely need to improve his outside shooting, but brings a skill set getting to the rim that Wisconsin doesn’t often see.”

Heading into his senior season, Bowman switched AAU teams, joining EYBL squad The Family. He acquitted himself nicely on the Nike circuit, averaging 13.6 points and 3.6 assists through his first six games, according to Mitten. Bowman was also named first team all-state by the AP for 2019.

If Bowman can help convince current high school teammate, and class of 2021 shooting guard, Julian Roper to join him in Madison, he’ll be one of the top recruiters (as well as recruits) on the team.

UW Bio (courtesy UW Athletic Department)

Lorne Bowman

6-2, 180, Guard

Detroit, Mich. (St. Mary’s)

Four-star recruit by ESPN … ranked No. 94 in the ESPN 100 for 2020 … standout at St. Mary’s High School is a two-time Class A All-State honoree in Michigan, earning first team honors in 2019 and honorable mention in 2018 … averaged 23.1 points and 5.1 assists per game during his junior season … averaged 22.5 points and 4.9 assists per game as a sophomore ... in AAU, member of EYBL where he excelled at the Nike circuit, averaging 13.5 points and 3.6 assists through his first six games.