Bowen Born’s Relationship with Iowa Rapidly Advancing

June 26, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Bowen Born’s stock has risen steadily like his game. As he’s improved incrementally throughout his high school career, more and more colleges have taken notice.

With sons playing for the same Iowa Barnstormers AAU program for which he runs, Fran McCaffery has been well aware of Born. The Iowa coach must be impressed with the growth.

The Hawkeyes have played host to the Norwalk (IA) point guard for unofficial visits twice in the last week. The latest stop came on Tuesday.

“The visits have been great,” Born told HN. “Getting to be around the guys has been really beneficial. I think just the comfort level for me has been something that has stood out.”

Since April 27, Toledo, Bowling Green, Indiana State and South Dakota reportedly offered scholarships to Born. Northern Iowa and Drake already had stepped forward before that.

While he hasn’t secured a scholarship opportunity from Iowa, he’s happy with how the relationship has progressed.

“Things have obviously ramped up a little. They have talked more about my fit in their program and how they feel I would fit well with their style of play,” he said.

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Born (5-11, 165) averaged 27.8 points, 3.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in helping Norwalk reach the state title game in Class 3A this past winter. He shot 85.5 percent from the foul line, 48.3 on field goals and 35.1 from behind the three-point arc.

“(The Iowa coaches) have said I move off the ball really well, running off screens and just playing at a fast pace,” he said.

Born’s discussions with McCaffery have included plenty of basketball but also served as getting-to-know-you-better meetings.

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“Talks have been pretty casual; just usually catching up with each other and how things have been going during the summer,” he said.

He’s familiarized himself with the basketball facilities and run in open gym with the team during these visits. He’s enjoyed getting better acquainted with the current Hawkeyes.

“I’ve felt really good about being around the guys. I’ve met about everybody on the team, and they have been really nice and open when I’ve been on campus,” he said.

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Incoming freshman Patrick McCaffery, the coach’s son, was one year ahead of Born on the Barnstormers.

With the latest developments, Born is curious to see where things go from here with the home-state Hawkeyes. It could end up being a very eventful summer.

“I have a lot of interest in Iowa. I think being able to spend some time up there has made me more comfortable and has increased my feelings about them. They will definitely be in the discussion when making my decision, regardless,” he said.

Here’s a look at Born’s junior highlights:

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