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Three programs heavily involved with five-star junior Taylor Bol Bowen

August 3, 2021

Dynamic, potential, gifted, are amongst the many words you can use to describe the talented five-star sophomore Taylor Bol Bowen. The 6-foot-8 forward from Brewster Academy, is already ranked extremely high in the 2023 class.

Bol Bowen was born in Egypt and first moved to Vermont when he arrived in the states. His goal now is to choose a college with not only a great basketball program but with great academics, and a chance to set him up for an excellent future.

Now, his game.

He’s a very dynamic prospect. Yes, he’s a modern-day four, that’s the best way to describe him. He’s got good size and length – we mentioned that wingspan before. In addition, Bol Bowen shoots the ball from 40% from behind the arc and over 45% from the field. He’s also a defensive menace as he blocked over 2.5 shots per game.

He proved his worth at Peach Jam. One week into the event, he was leading Expressions Basketball to multiple wins and was averaging 17.5 points, along with nine boards and an efficient shooting clip of 70% shooting. I’ll put an emphasis on his offensive game for a second. His length, versatility, just his overall talent on the offensive end is scary. Three-level scorer, agile, high-IQ, etc.

Defensively, he will haul in tons of rebounds and run in transition after that, he’s got a high motor, and can defend multiple positions.

His recruitment is very interesting, which is why I think you should hear about it from TBB himself as he spoke with to discuss his recruitment, Peach Jam, and his move to Brewster Academy.

Which schools have been heavily involved since Peach Jam ended?

“Arkansas, Kentucky, UConn.”

Any new schools?

“No, it’s been the same.”

Arkansas, what are their pitch and your thoughts on the Hogs?

“I speak every couple of days with the staff whether it’s Coach Muss or other staff members, the amount of love they show is unreal. I think they see me as a Moses Moody type of player for them.”

How about Kentucky, they inquired before Peach, so where do things stand?

“They reached out to me on the draft night which stood out to me obviously with the plethora of players they’ve put in the draft. I’m really close with Nerlens Noel and he’s a great guy to have in my corner.”

UConn, what stands out about them and what are they pitching?

“UConn is the only school I’ve visited so far. Staying home in New England and playing with some of my close friends like Alex Karaban would be amazing. Coach Murray is definitely the coach that I’m closest to within my recruitment process and the amount of love they showed on my visit stood it.”

Are you going to schedule any more visits?

“I don’t have any visits planned for a while, UConn was the only visit I’ve been on so far. Right now, more than anything, I have a lot of work to do before I feel like I’m ready to make a decision on where’s going to be the best fit for me. I’m not going to just got try on jerseys and tour colleges for fun.”

Now, discuss your Peach Jam performance, how do you feel you played?

“I thought I started off Peach Jam strong with great games early on. I had solid games after that but most importantly my team won our pool and went 6-1 and dominated. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t play in the peach jam tournament because of COVID protocols but, whether we lifted the trophy or not, I couldn’t be more proud of my team and what we were able to accomplish this year.”

Discuss your move to Brewster Academy and the impact it has?

“I can’t wait to get up to Brewster and refine my game with Coach Smith and the rest of the staff. I really look forward to learning as much as I can under one of the best high school coaches, if not the best in the country in Coach Smith. With the roster we have right now we’re going to play and compete every day and it’s going to make everybody better. Iron sharpens iron.”

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