Central Connecticut State adds to its 2015 class


Central Connecticut State received its second commitment in the Class of 2015 on Friday night, as W.T. Woodson High (Virginia) point guard Eric Bowles announced that he had picked the Blue Devils.

“I’m thankful for all the support from my family and everyone who has been behind me. #CCSU #BlueDevil,” he tweeted.

The 6-foot point guard had been on campus that week, committing to Central Connecticut State over Rider, the other finalist, according to Brandon Parker of the Washington Post. He joins small forward Jahlil Nails, who committed on Sept. 2, in Howie Dickenman’s current recruiting class.

Central Connecticut State finished 11-19 (7-9 Northeast Conference) this past season, though, some of those struggles to start conference play should be attributed to Kyle Vinales missing nine games with a broken finger. With Vinales back along with its other top two scorers from a season ago, the Blue Devils could contend this season in the NEC. However, guards Vinales and Malcolm McMillan are out of eligibility after this season, same goes for forward Faronte Drakeford. Adding another guard will add depth to the back court in 2015-2016 which will still have sophomores Matt Mobley and Khalen Cumberlander.

Bowles spent this summer with D.C. Premier in the Under Armour Association. In 14 games he averaged 5.5 points points per game in a well-balanced offense.