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Wisconsin men’s basketball: update on freshman guard Lorne Bowman

It sounds like Bowman will be back in Madison over the summer and ready to rejoin the team next year.

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On Thursday morning, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team got some good news when Lorne Bowman, Sr., the father of freshman PG Lorne Bowman, Jr., tweeted that his son was “Madison bound” soon.

Back in October, it was announced that Bowman would be taking a leave of absence from the team to attend to a family matter. Here is what UW said at the time, “Wisconsin freshman Lorne Bowman has taken an indefinite leave of absence and returned home to Detroit, Michigan to tend to a personal family matter. Bowman will continue taking classes at UW-Madison, utilizing the virtual learning option and remains a committed member of the men’s basketball team.”

About a month after that, Bowman withdrew from school because the family issue was more serious that originally thought but head coach Greg Gard made it pretty clear that Bowman had the support of the team and a spot on the roster if he eventually wanted it back.

In January, after Wisconsin beat Northwestern, Gard was asked about Bowman and said, “He is re-enrolled, I believe, in school. He’s going to do it virtually from his home in Detroit. We’ll continue to help him and help the family. I don’t have a date, a time. The main thing is to walk this forward at what is best for Lorne and his family.”

So, that all brings us back to Thursday and the statement from Bowman’s father. A few reporters reached out to UW and the official statement is below: “We are looking forward to having Lorne Bowman back in Madison with the team. Lorne is a valuable part of our program and we are anticipating his return in June.”

A 3-star prospect coming out of high school, Bowman was the nation’s No. 20 ranked combo guard in the class of 2020, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Badgers are potentially going to be very thin at guard next season so having Bowman back is a definite bonus.