Orchard Park St Mary’s Point Guard Lorne Bowman near Detroit, Michigan became the first of five scholarship players to commit to Wisconsin in the 2020 class. While Bowman had a few other Big Ten offers, so securing a commitment was a huge win for Gard and staff. Gard identified his guy early and got him to commit before his Junior season, avoiding the likely risk of him blowing up on the AAU circuit the following summer. Although Bowman grew up a Michigan fan he didn’t wait around for an offer from his home state, he saw everything he needed to from his lead recruiter Dean Oliver and Wisconsin who prioritized him more than any other school.
Bowman isn’t the type of floor general to slow things down, he’s going to want to push the ball and play at a faster tempo. One of the things that you notice when watching his highlights is his eagerness to go to the hoop. Lorne consistently flashes his strong ability to finish at the rim and open things up for the big men down low. While his shooting from outside isn’t his greatest strength, the 6-2 guard has proven to be a knockdown midrange shooter.
“The thing that separates a high major guard and a low major guard is they consistently hit that mid range jump shot,” Grand Blanc coach Mike Thomas said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. “When he gets to those sweet spots, there is nothing you can do. He can counter out of it with a step-back James Harden stuff from there.”
The future Badger who averaged 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game as a Senior took some time out of his day to answer some questions.
Q: What sold you on Wisconsin to end your recruitment early and be the first to commit for the 2020 class?
A: I was sold on Wisconsin when I first visited, they made me feel at home. That’s what I was looking for in a school and they checked all the boxes. They had a plan for me and my game and they laid out everything in plain black and white. I loved that the coaching staff cares about you on and off the court.
Q: How would you describe your game to someone who has never watched you play?
A: I would say I’m a combo guard that can score as well as open up things for his teammate.
Q: What is Wisconsin getting in Lorne Bowman as a person?
A: Wisconsin is getting a great person in me. Humble and never all about myself but the team and willing to help out any and everyone!
Q: Who do you model your game after?
A: I would say maybe a Lou Williams or Bradley Beal type of player.
Q: Who is your greatest mentor?
A: My Father is my greatest mentor
Q: What did it show you when Wisconsin turned their season around winning 9/10 games to win a Big Ten Championship?
A: Showed me that Wisconsin is where I am supposed to be, I already knew that but after that it sealed the deal in my confidence in my decision!
Q: What have you been doing to stay busy during the Coronavirus?
A: I’ve been working on my body and other things to be prepared for summer in Madison
Q: Message for Badgers fans on the future of the program?
A: Badger fans you should be excited about the class coming in we are bringing something Wisconsin hasn’t seen in a while! Looking forward to connecting and growing with you guys #OnWisconsin
Article By: Noah Birenbaum
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