Brian Bowen (above) was a top 5 prospect in the class of 2017. A McDonald’s All-American, Bowen has yet to play a college basketball game due to off-court issues. Photo credit: Yardbarker.com
The Atlanta Hawks are holding their second pre-draft workout session on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at their practice facility in Brookhaven. The team held a workout for a number of players, including Georgia Tech sophomore guard Josh Okogie, on Monday morning.
Once again five players will be invited to have an indiviadual workout for team executives (The Hawks, at the present time, do not have a head coach), including Brain Bowen. Bowen has yet to play a college basketball game after a stellar high career that included invitations to the 2017 McDonald’s and Jordan Brand Classic All-American Games. Bowen was universally considered a top five prospect and a candidate to be a one-and-done NBA draft entrant upon signing with former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.
Neither Pitino and Bowen would last long at Louisville and now at the University of South Carolina, Bowen has thrown his name amongst the darft entrants, though he does not have an agent and can return to Columbia if he so chooses. According to an article on thestate.com, Bowen’s lawyer Jason Setchen says Bowen likes where he is at the moment, “He doesn’t want to leave, he’s in a great place,” said Setchen in the piece.
At 6-7 with the ability to shoot and handle the ball, the Hawks won’t be the only team taking a look at Bowen before the draft takes place next month.
Auburn guard Bryce Brown, another early entrant, is scheduled to attend Wednesday’s workout. Brown averaged 15.9 points in 33 starts as a junior and was an All-SEC first team selection.
University of Maryland center Bruno Fernando (6-10, 10.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg), University of Florida forward Jalen Hudson, Utah Valley seven-footer Akolda Manyang and Nojel Eastern, a Perdue University guard, are all also scheduled to attend the individual workouts that are closed to media. The players will be available for interviews after all workouts are done.
The Hawks holds a lottery pick (top 14), pick number 19, 30 and 33. The NBA draft will take place on June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.