Louisville landed the last five-star prospect left in the Class of 2017 on Saturday as Michigan native and wing Brian “Tugs” Bowen pledged to the Cardinals on Twitter.
The 6-foot-7 Bowen just helped national high school powerhouse La Lumiere to a national championship this past season as he comes into college with a winning pedigree. Regarded as the No. 20 overall prospect in the national Class of 2017 rankings, according to Rivals, Bowen gives the Cardinals an additional perimeter weapon who can score and handle the ball.
Bowen becomes the second five-star prospect to join the Cardinals in the Class of 2017 as he joins five-star big man Malik Williams, four-star guard Darius Perry, four-star forward Jordan Nwora and three-star forward Lance Thomas.
It’s hard to say if Bowen will start since V.J. King, Deng Adel and Ray Spalding all return for the Cardinals, but he gives Louisville another rotation piece who can make plays for next season. The Cardinals will certainly have plenty of depth on the wing now and Bowen is versatile enough to play multiple spots on the floor.
This commitment is especially impressive for Louisville given how late they entered a crowded recruiting race and were able to land a five-star prospect like Bowen.
Louisville currently sits at No. 8 in the CBT way-too-early preseason top 25 for the 2017-18 season, as they’re right in the mix for a national championship entering next season.