Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- 2020 3-star PG Lorne Bowman (Detroit, Mich.) was named the Metro Detroit Player of the Year on Friday morning. Bowman did not win the Gatorade State Player of the Year award for Michigan, that went to rising junior Emoni Bates, but being named the best player in the biggest city in the state ain’t nothing to scoff at.
Congrats to Lorne Bowman on being named MLive's Metro Detroit Player of the Year for boys basketball! @TheRealLorneB @Olakesection @OLSMUpdates @mpowerchange @LennyKarschnia @OLSMCoachMarc https://t.co/5eFQ2k2GGU— Jared Purcell (@JaredPurcellDET) March 27, 2020
Bowman is a 6-2 guard who did it all for St. Mary’s this year. While his averages of 25.2 points, 6.2 assists and 6 rebounds were impressive, he also led one of the top teams in Michigan through a tough schedule with a 21-1 record. With Bowman leading the way, St. Mary’s had seven wins against top 12 Division 1 teams in the Associated Press rankings, which was more than all of the Mr. Basketball candidates combined.
A Wisconsin signee, Bowman led St. Mary’s its first Catholic High School League Central Division title and first CHSL tournament title since 2008. He also played a big role in St. Mary’s overtime victory over Detroit Cass Tech in the Operation Friendship game, scoring eight of his team-high 21 points in the extra period while also going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in OT. Once he sees a lane to the hoop, he is very difficult to stop.
He ended up finishing third in the Mr. Basketball voting behind winner Carlos “Scooby” Johnson of Benton Harbor (Butler) and Jalen Terry of Flint Beecher (Oregon).
On the second-team were two players to keep an eye on, sharpshooting guard, and teammate of Bowman, Julian Roper and smooth wing Javaughn Hannah (Mt. Clemens High School). Roper is a top target for 2021 and Hannah is a target in 2022 for the Badgers.
We noted in Bowman’s signing capsule that:
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.”
Here is what Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard had to say after Bowman officially signed his national letter of intent:
“It was evident early on that Lorne is exactly what we look for and he’s only continued to improve. Lorne plays at his own pace, always under control, giving his team whatever it needs in the right moments with a skill-set that can turn from scoring guard to playmaker in an instant. He has a great ability to get the ball where it needs to be and can also create shots with his tremendous pull-up game.”