|Junior||Point Guard||6’1″ 188||Boston College||21 Yrs. Old|
|19 ppg||7.5 rpg||4 apg||FG: 40.4%||3PT: 37.4%|
NBA Comparison: Eric Bledsoe
Strengths: Shot creation, Ball handling, Speed/Quickness, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Size, Offensive efficiency
During high school Bowman was a star two sport athlete, committing to the University of North Carolina for football as a sophomore. To give you an idea of how good he was as a wide receiver and defensive back, one of the schools that offered him a football scholarship was Alabama. He elected to go with basketball for his collegiate career, and over the next three years he became one of the better point guards in college basketball. The first thing that catches your attention is his ability to rebound the ball as a 6’1″ guard, averaging 7.5 per game as a junior. Bowman had games with 16, 13, and 12 rebounds twice, which made him a triple double threat if he was passing well. Offensively he prefers to get his shots from creating off of the dribble in a variety of ways. Using his speed in the open court on a fast break or his quickness to get by the defender to finish at the rim is something he can do with ease. His analytics shooting wise are not great, but they are average to above average when you take into account his usage at Boston College. He shot the three pointer well as a freshman at 44.9%, and as his attempts have gone up he settled into to the 36%/37% range in the following two seasons. He is not only fast and quick, but his vertical ability is strong and helps him finish despite being undersized. Putting up 14.3 points as a freshman, 17.6 as a sophomore, and 19 as a junior are impressive numbers, especially given he was doing so in arguably the hardest basketball conference in the country.
Bowman’s size will be a disadvantage, but there are plenty of point guards that are in his height range, so if you can play they will put you on the court. Becoming a more efficient shooter will help him as a pro, something that is very attainable when you take out all of the non basketball related activities that come with being a college athlete. He has done a better job the last two years of being more of a distributor and not just a scorer, but that is an area he will need to work on at the next level. If he becomes a more consistent shooter, and improves his point guard skills, he has the game that fits the modern day NBA. Defensively he can use his athleticism to block shots from behind, and on the perimeter he is a menace, especially when guarding the ball. Defense will no doubt be harder with the size of the NBA guards, however his tenacity and athleticism should allow him to be an average to above average defender at the next level.
This clip shows off his athleticism:
Ky Bowman with the big-time and-one! pic.twitter.com/fTIN8qeIQM— Sports Daily (@SportsDGI) November 27, 2018
Here is a big shot he hit against Wake Forest:
Ky Bowman! Onions! pic.twitter.com/9o3HscQR8f— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) January 26, 2019
We project Bowman to be a second round pick, who could go early in the second round if a team needs a point guard and feels he is the best on the board. His size and lack of efficiency in shooting the ball will most likely hold him back from first round considerations. The ceiling for Bowman would be a starter level point guard that can put up points, as well as being a strong defender on the perimeter, or playing this role on a good team coming off of the bench. His worst case scenario would be that he makes a roster for one or more years never really getting consistent minutes, and ends up in the G league or overseas.