Five-star Class of 2017 wing Brian Bowen to announce Saturday

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Five-star Class of 2017 wing Brian Bowen is finally going to announce his college decision on Saturday.

The native of Michigan is the final five-star prospect to commit to play for next season as all signs are pointing to a surprising late pledge for Louisville. Bowen has also been linked to Arizona, Creighton, DePaul, Michigan State and Texas at various times over the last few weeks but the Cardinals are the heavy, heavy favorite when Bowen makes it public.

No, I’m not spoiling the commitment of a player by putting this out there before Bowen’s official announcement on Saturday.

That’s because Bowen has already enrolled at Louisville as a student this week, according to a report from Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

A Louisville spokesman confirmed to the Courier-Journal that Bowen’s status with the school has changed from application to matriculation as Bowen is now enrolled in classes for the summer term. In order for Bowen to be on the Louisville men’s basketball team for next season, he still has to sign financial aid paperwork. But that is a minor thing at this point.

If Bowen does commit to Louisville on Saturday, as expected, then it will be a huge late coup for head coach Rick Pitino. Bowen would give the Cardinals a capable wing who can come in and provide minutes right away as he would help ease some losses from last season.

Louisville is going to be a major contender in the ACC, and for a national championship, next season and potentially adding Bowen would only enhance their chances.