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Bowman, who turned 19 in August, comes to Penn State after a year prepping at St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn. The extra year out of high school allowed Bowman to mature physically which he demonstrated by posting 23 reps on the 185-pound bench press during preseason conditioning, the second-best mark on the team. Also possessing a better than 30-inch vertical, Bowman brings terrific athleticism and a smooth perimeter jump shot to the Nittany Lion backcourt. Termed a real "gym rat" by his former coaches, Bowman's strong work ethic and experience playing a high level of competition at St. Thomas More will give him an opportunity to earn playing time early in his freshman season.
Bowman averaged 17.0 ppg during a season at St. Thomas More prep school earning second-team NEPSAC Class A honors. He helped lead the school, which sent six players to NCAA Division I programs in 2010, to the semifinals of the National Prep Championships. Bowman's 15-foot jumper at the buzzer propelled St. Thomas More to a one-point, overtime victory in the quarterfinals. He had high games of 36 and 39 points on the year. Bowman posted 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a victory over Worcester Academy and out-dueled Will Barton, the nation's top rated shooting guard and a Memphis commitment, posting 21 points to Barton's 12 during a season meeting. Prior to prep school, Bowman was a standout at Central York High where he averaged 21.6 ppg as a senior in 2008-09 shooting 57 percent from the floor and posting 123 rebounds, 26 assists and 28 steals. Bowman posted a 14.4 ppg average with 45 assists, 38 steals and 15 blocks as a junior and posted 18.0 ppg with 54 assists as a sophomore at Central York. Bowman was the leading scorer in York/Adams County in 2009 and earned York/Adams County All-Star Team selection. He participated in the 2009 Reebok All-America Camp and earned All-Tournament team selection at the HoopGroup Summer Classic and at HoopGroup West Virginia. He was named to the York Daily Record YAIAA Division I second-team. Bowman also had interest from Minnesota, South Florida, Drexel, Boston College, Clemson, Nebraska, Seton Hall and Wake Forest among others.
Born on August 27, 1991 in Woodbridge, Va....The sone of Terry and Kristen Bowman...He has an older brother, Terrance, and younger brother, Tremaine, and a younger sister, Khera...His cousin, Malik Generett, is a redshirt freshman wide receiver on the University of Connecticut football team.