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Taylor Bowen Receives First High-Major Offer from Hawkeyes

April 4, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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Thursday night, Taylor Bowen received his first scholarship from a high-major program. Iowa did the honors.

“I’m really excited about my offer from Iowa as it’s my first high-major offer. This has been something I’ve been working towards for a long time,” Taylor told HN.

And there’s plenty of time for improving before college. Bowen is a freshman at Middletown (RI) St. George’s School and plays AAU with Expressions Elite. The Hawkeyes are in on the ground floor of a recruitment poised to take off.

“What I like most about Iowa is that they win a lot of games as they have had a lot of NCAA tournament appearances in the school history. It’s also great to see how they have a forward (Luka Garza) who is one the best players in all of college basketball,” Taylor said.

One of the next steps for Iowa would be getting Bowen on campus. With the recruiting dead period due to the coronavirus running through May, that won’t happen anytime soon. He does hope to check out the Hawkeyes down the road, though.

“I want to continue to learn more about their playing style, their vision for me and the routine of the guys in the program. I hope to learn as much about the program as possible,” he said.

Bowen stands 6-foot-8 already with a seven-foot wingspan. He’s coming off a season that saw him block almost four shots per game and shoot 40 percent from behind the three-point arc, making 31 treys. His all-around game fits well with Iowa’s desire for interchangeable parts.

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“My biggest strength is my ability to be versatile. I can score the ball at all three levels and defend multiple positions. More than anything, I’m a competitor and willing to provide whatever my team needs to win. I know I have a lot of upside and I want to make sure I work as hard as I can to reach all of my potential,” he said.

Bowen grew up in Jericho, VT. He enrolled at St. George’s, a boarding school in Rhode Island, for his academic and athletic pursuits.

“Jericho has become a very special place to me. I’ve created life-long memories and relationships there. Jericho is home to me,” he said.

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Like others around the world, the pandemic has hit St. George’s, which has shifted to on-line teaching. While disappointed that his freshman year has been disrupted by COVID-19, Bowen understood what was necessary.

“The virus is an issue that my family and I have taken seriously. We have tried to do our part by practicing social distancing and enjoying each other’s company. I’m fortunate to have a family gym that I have been able to use to continue to work on my game throughout this pandemic,” he said.

Basketball takes up a lot of Bowen’s free time. He struggles naming activities he does off the court.

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“That’s tough because I’m such a hoops junkie. When I’m not doing that, I’m usually spending time with my friends and family. We watch football, watch movies and play some video games,” he said.

In addition to Iowa, Bowen also reports scholarship offers from Vermont and George Mason. He’s hearing from a lot of others.

“Clemson, Indiana, Providence, Marquette, Rutgers, Penn State and Rhoxde Island are some of the schools that have showed the most interest lately. I hope to continue to hear from more schools,” he said.

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