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Florida guard commits to Wichita State

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at 6:12 p.m.

Point guard D.J. Bowles, a high school senior in Florida, orally committed to Wichita State on Monday evening, convinced by a weekend visit in which players and coaches sold him.

“The players took him in and made him feel part of Wichita,” Oldsmar Christan coach Jordan Fair said. “He loved the atmosphere. Basketball is very important there.”

Oldsmar Christian, located in Oldsmar, Fla., near Tampa, opened its season on Monday night. Bowles called WSU coaches about an hour before the game to commit. The signing period begins Nov. 14.

Bowles (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. He transferred to Oldmar for his senior season after averaging 17.9 points and 3.1 assists as a junior at Cleveland (Tenn.). He committed to Central Florida last spring and then changed his mind and opened his recruitment.

Fair describes him as a point guard who shoots well enough to play off the ball. One of his specialties is coming off screens to make three-pointers.

“He shoots the three extremely well,” Fair said. “He’s got a good mid-range game. He can get to the rim.”

Bowles is the fourth player to commit to WSU. He joins Edmond (Okla.) Memorial center Shaq Morris, South View (N.C.) guard Rian Holland and Chipola (Fla.) College forward Earl Watson.

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