As the No. 151 overall in the Class of 2013 247Composite rankings, Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) point guard D.J. Bowles made a big decision in reopening his recruitment last month.
Bowles opened his recruitment up a month ago.
Giving a verbal pledge to the University of Central Florida back in March, Bowles ultimately decommitted after the July AAU period ended, putting one of the top point guards in 2013 back on the board.
“It was a mixture of everything, I felt like I rushed into the commitment, it was also a relationship thing with me and the head coach,” explained Bowles. “They are still recruiting me but I’m looking at other schools too.”
Since then, a number of colleges have all been recruiting the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder, who at the moment is wide open.
“Murray State, Penn State, Xavier and Wichita State have been recruiting me the most,” said Bowles over the weekend. “All these schools who are recruiting me really need a point guard in their 2013 class, they like my game so they’re all trying to develop good relationships with me.”
In addition offers from the Racers, Shockers and Nittany Lions, Bowles has received offers from SMU, George Mason and Southern Miss, coupled with recent interest from Providence and Seton Hall.
Regarding Penn State, the Florida product has been in contact with the coaching staff for quite some time.
“Coach Chambers has been recruiting me since last year, we’ve got a real good relationship,” said Bowles of the second year head coach. “As soon as I decommitted from UCF he was recruiting me again. I’ve never been up there, but I’m definitely thinking about taking a visit up there to Penn State.
“I like Penn State a lot, there’s been a lot going on at Penn State but I like their coaches so I don’t let what went on there affect my recruitment, because it didn’t have anything to do with the basketball program.”
Bowles also elaborated on the other schools who have been in contact the most.
“Both Murray State and Wichita State have been very involved, I probably talk to those coaches every day,” said Bowles. “I’ve talked with Xavier more lately, they’re really starting to recruit me, they’ll be here to watch me in the next couple of weeks.”
Playing this summer with the Q6 All Stars AAU program, Bowles said the biggest improvement came on the defensive side of his game. Q6 head coach Reggie Tucker spoke about his point guard’s game.
“D.J. can really score the basketball - he can shoot it, man, can he shoot it,” said Tucker. “That’s his strength, he can score points while still getting his teammates involved, and he doesn’t take a lot of bad shots, that’s the impressive thing about him.
“He has a great basketball IQ, most kids his age don’t know what a bad shot is. He can drain them from so deep, that for other guys it would be a bad shot, but for him its just a normal shot.”
While Bowles produced on the court this summer for Q6, the most impressive thing about the senior guard is what he brings off the court.
“He’s humble, quiet and has one of the best work ethics as a high school player that I’ve ever been around - he just loves the game of basketball,” praised Tucker. “Other guys feed off of that, they love playing with him and he’s an unselfish kid.
“He wants to be great, a lot of kids talk about it but he shows it - first one in the gym and the last one to leave it. He is so humble, just plays the game, doesn’t talk a lot. Whoever gets this kid is going to be a blessing for their program both on and off the court.”
Bowles admitted defense was one of the main areas of focus this summer, and Coach Tucker agreed, but also said the improvement was evident throughout the months.
After recently transferring to Oldsmar Christian from Cleveland (Tenn.) High this summer, the No. 198 overall 2013 prospect by 247Sports is still open to whoever is interested in him.
“I’m really trying to see which schools are trying to recruit me and who else might offer me before trimming anything down,” said Bowles. “I don’t really have a timetable right now, I’m just going to see who ends up offering me before cutting my list down and then go from there.”