NBA Draft

Scouting Report

Two years removed from a highly publicized national recruiting scandal, Bowen is back in America and perhaps slightly less of a prospect than he was before. He reached the elite level of his prep class by leading La Lumiere School to a national championship, landing a spot in the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game and dominating the Jordan Brand Classic with 26 points. Rivals had him as the 21st-ranked player in the prep Class of 2017, just five spots below Trae Young.
But Bowen didn't play at all in 2018 and landed in Australia last season, where he teamed with league MVP Andrew Bogut and former Cal star Jerome Randle. One of the youngest players in the league, he averaged just 6.3 points in 30 games, never earning a start.
A free-and-easy athlete, Bowen made open shots at the NBA Scouting Combine but played with little urgency and was not competitive on the defensive end of the floor.
Bowen is not related to former NBA defensive whiz Bruce Bowen. In fact, he is Jason Richardson's nephew. But his game more closely resembles his slender namesake -- an open-court sensation who struggles in ballhandling and passing -- than the powerful Richardson.
Like Bruce Bowen, however, the 20-year-old has the size (6-foot-7) and wingspan (6-9 1/2) to be a disruptive force at the defensive end. No doubt, those interested in drafting him are more intrigued about the potential of a former five-star Louisville recruit than the reality of a limited-minutes bench player in a professional minor league.
Projection: Second Round
--Field Level Media

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