Iowa enjoys strong ties with Dasonte Bowen. The Class of 2022 point guard has visited campus and played in high school with a member of the Hawkeyes.
Bowen (6-3, 170) ran with Iowa freshman Josh Ogundele at Worcester (MA) Academy last season. He's since transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
"Josh and I talk on the daily. He wants me to come with him to play together again," Bowen told HN.
The Hawkeye coaches also are keeping in close and consistent contact with one of their top targets on the recruiting trail.
"We talk weekly. I like that they’re going to let me come in, impact the game right away and lead. The staff is great. I’ve built a solid relationship with them so far," Bowen said.
He sees Iowa has a good fit for his game and appreciates the unselfish nature of the system.
"I like how they move the ball and really get it to whoever is the hot hand at the moment. I know they like to get up and down the floor and push in transition, and that’s what I do," he said.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has shown he has a keen eye for talent. He extended the first scholarship offer to Bowen way back in May of 2019. Miami, Georgetown, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall and others have reportedly come forward with opportunities for him since then.
"The Hawkeyes definitely rank highly for me. They contact me as much as any other program, if not the most," he said.
Bowen visited Iowa during October of '19. He came away impressed and would like to take another trip.
"I will visit again," he said.
The recruiting dead period that began last March and has been extended to April 15 has kept prospects from face-to-face contact with college coaches and campus stops. It's slowed the process for Bowen.
"I'm not sure when I’ll be deciding on a school," he said.
Bowen is considering majors in the Science field.
247Sports ranks Bowen as a four-star prospect, the No. 18 point guard nationally in the '22 cycle and the No. 88 player overall regardless of position. Rivals sees him as a three-star and the No. 35 player in the country at his position.