Heights senior Jhasmin Bowen's domination in the lane is one of the reasons she was selected to The Eagle's All-State basketball team in March.
But in the summer, she spent her time working on ballhandling and shooting from outside the lane, preparing for her college career. Bowen has made an oral commitment to Arkansas and will likely play a wing or forward position.
"She'll make the transition really well from high school to college," Heights coach Kip Pulliam said."... She just keeps improving her game."
Bowen averaged 16.2 points and 11.3 rebounds last season as she helped lead Heights to the Class 6A title game and a 23-2 record.
"I worked on a lot of guard stuff — outside shooting, ballhandling, driving to the basket strong," Bowen said. "I want to learn to play more than one position, so that when I do start, I won't be one-dimensional. I don't want to just be a post player. With me learning to do more around the rim and the basket, I can stay on the floor longer."
Bowen's final five schools were Arkansas, Louisville, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wichita State.
Her relationship with Arkansas' coaching staff was the primary reason for choosing the Razorbacks. The coaches not only developed strong relationships with Bowen, but also with her mother, Pulliam and Heights assistant coach Rajiv Foster.
"It was really important that they form a relationship with the people that have been taking care of me for four years," Bowen said. "That was a big yes-or-no factor in whether I would commit there or not."