Louisville lands surprise commitment from Brian Bowen, last five-star in 2017

Louisville on Saturday secured the commitment of Brian Bowen, the final five-star player available in the class of 2017. 

The Cardinals were extremely late to the table with the intriguing wing prospect, but after Bowen visited the campus in late May, things swung heavily in favor of Rick Pitino’s program. Bowen is a McDonald’s All-American who picked U of L over the likes of Michigan State, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon, Texas, DePaul and Creighton. 

Bowen’s official verbal pledge comes two days after the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Bowen enrolled at the University of Louisville. Summer classes start shortly at the school. 

Nobody was projecting Bowen to Louisville as recently as mid-May. Given that reality, his ironically fast decision comes as a fitting twist to his elongated and mysterious recruitment. Once upon a time, it seemed like Bowen was a Michigan State lean. Then, perhaps Arizona. Creighton, Oregon, Texas, even DePaul had realistic hopes. No one really knew, though, and even as the calendar was set to turn to June, coaches weren’t sure when a commitment was coming.

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