Former Arthur Hill H.S. basketball standout Brian 'Tugs' Bowen Jr. -who transferred to national powerhouse La Lumiere H.S. (La Porte, IN.) after leading the Lumberjacks to the MHSAA 2015 Class-A state championship game as a sophomore- announced on Twitter yesterday
that he has narrowed his college choices down to six schools: Creighton, N.C. State, Arizona, UCLA, Texas, and Michigan State University.
In a Sep. 17 M-Live article
, Bowen -who has yet to make an official visit- indicated he would be trimming his list down and visiting some schools. At that time his list was down to 12 schools; the six schools he named yesterday, also including: the University of Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Oregon, Indiana, and UNLV.
“I'm not sure when I'll make my decision, but once I cut my list is when I'll start thinking a lot harder about the recruiting process,” Bowen said in the M-Live article. “Starting next week is when I'll really, really think about when I'll take my visits and when I'll make my decision. Once I do that, it'll lead to everything else.”
MSU would seem to be the logical front-runner considering Bowen grew up around the Spartan basketball program while living in E. Lansing as a child watching his cousin (former AHHS, MSU, and NBA star) Jason Richardson help the Spartans to a 2001 NCAA National Championship.
Bowen's father, Brian Bowen Sr. spent a lot of time in E. Lansing (at the request of J-Rich's mother) watching over his nephew during J-Rich's Freshman and Sophomore season's at MSU before being selected by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft.
Texas could also be in the running where Bowen could have a potential reunion with his former AHHS teammate Eric Davis who is coming off a very good Freshman season for the Longhorns and coach Shaka Smart.
Bowen Jr. is preparing for his senior year at La Lumiere H.S. where he will look to lead the Indiana prep school to another national championship appearance before heading off to college where he is likely to follow in his cousin's footsteps into the NBA, possibly after just one year in college, if he so chooses.