The Thrill Of Victory In An Unlikely Seat


The Thrill Of Victory In An Unlikely Seat

Would you believe me if I told you one of the brightest stars in ACC basketball spurned the thrill of victory in football? And, that he ultimately went on to play for Jim Christian at Boston College? You’re probably laughing right now. But, hold on. Let me share this story.

Before committing to play basketball at Boston College, Ky Bowman was a star football player from Havelock, North Carolina. He had already accepted a scholarship to play at North Carolina as a wide receiver. And yes, he even received an offer from Alabama.

What made Bowman go from star receiver with offers from top schools in the country to point guard? And, more specifically to a team coming off a winless conference season?

Bowman had always played basketball but football was his first love. That passion was fueled in part because of his brother Michael who was also his best friend. But things changed when Michael got into trouble with the law. Suddenly, Bowman lost interest and turned to basketball.

His decision to quit football, spurn an offer from Alabama and decommit from North Carolina generated a lot of criticism. It didn’t stop there especially after he focused on basketball and made a decision to go to Boston College.

But, Bowman knew what he wanted to do. Considering his standout freshman season and how his sophomore year is going, Bowman appears to be getting the last laugh.

The Thrill Of Victory In An Unlikely Seat

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Bowman became a popular player not just because of his play but also because of his red hair. There’s no real story behind his choice of color, it’s just one more thing that makes him stand out.

He started making a name for himself last year when he scored 33 points in a loss to Fairfield. The real coming out party happened last year. Bowman scored 30 points and dished out nine assists in a win against Syracuse.

A few weeks later against eventual national champion (and home state school) North Carolina he scored 30 points in a close loss.

This season, Bowman has continued to improve his game. Even though his shooting percentages are down from last year he has doubled his assist average. Plus, he’s averaging two more rebounds per game. Bowman is averaging nearly seven rebounds per game which is impressive for someone who is 6-1.

For someone who has the potential to become an All-ACC player this is quite a mistake he’s making, isn’t it?

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