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April 25, 2014

Bowen selects Grace

Wildkat basketball standout is excited about next level

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Bowen was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildkats. He was a two-time Kokomo Tribune All-Area selection and a two-time all-North Central Conference pick.

As a senior this season, Bowen averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per game, ranking 10th and fifth in the area respectively, helping lead the Kats to a 16-8 record and their fourth straight sectional title, good enough to land him a spot on the All-Area first team.

He shot 58.6 percent from the field as a senior, ranking third in the area.

“I’m very excited for Erik and his family,” Kokomo coach Brian McCauley said. “It’s a very well-deserved honor. Grace is an outstanding school that has a tradition-rich basketball program in the best NAIA conference in the nation, in my opinion, from top to bottom. I think Erik will thrive there both athletically and academically.”

Bowen appeared in 78 games for the Kats, starting in 49. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for his career, finishing with 785 career points and 452 career boards.

He was seemingly able to reinvent himself and add elements to his game each season during his prep career as his role evolved, which is something McCauley hopes Bowen is remembered for.

“He’s the most coachable player I’ve ever coached. He was a pleasure to coach,” McCauley said. “He was always listening and thinking about how he could improve individually and for the team. He really developed into a very versatile player. When he came in his freshman and sophomore year, I think he was a taller player who liked to shoot from the perimeter, and his ability to stretch the defense was a great thing for us at the time. But, then he evolved into a kid that was very strong and athletic, a kid who could then also play with is back to the basket and own the boards from a defensive standpoint.”

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