The Brian Bowen recruitment saga has finally come to an end.
Seventeen days after the regular signing period for Division I basketball recruits ended, the 5-star La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) wing announced his commitment to Louisville via Twitter on Saturday.
Happy To Announce My Commitment To The Ville ‼️Let's get ittttt🔴⚫️#L1C4 pic.twitter.com/ybLxFQTgZ2
— Brian Bowen II 🏀 (@20tugs) June 3, 2017
The Cardinals landed Bowen after a late push that reportedly saw him make an unofficial visit to campus in late May. Per the Courier-Journal, Bowen subsequently enrolled at Louisville.
Bowen, the No. 18 player in the Class of 2017 per the 247Sports composite, had long been a Michigan State target. The Saginaw, Mich., native and cousin of former Spartans star Jason Richardson picked up an offer from Coach Tom Izzo’s program as a freshman.
The 6-foot-7 standout took his final official visit to Michigan State in January, but mutual interest appeared to wane after Spartans forward Miles Bridges announced in April he would return for his sophomore season. It was a move that would surely result in less early playing time for Bowen.
Michigan State has 12 of 13 scholarship spots filled for the 2017-18 season. Bridges, Josh Langford, Matt McQuaid and Kyle Ahrens will battle for minutes on the wing.