Former BC superstar Ky Bowman went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, but the dream is very much alive for the 22-year-old playmaker, as he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors last week. The North Carolina native left the Eagles after his junior season in which he averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The decision to leave BC was a difficult one for Bowman, who was not a sure thing going into the draft and was listed in some mocks being taken around the 45th pick. However, Bowman’s profile was high after leading the Eagles to a great season both personally and for the team.
In Bowman, the Warriors are getting a high-energy, high-intensity player who will do anything for the team. Listed at only 6-foot-1, 7.5 rebounds per game is an absurd stat and shows that Bowman is willing to do the dirty work, even when he is the star player. Additionally, Bowman’s explosive athleticism and great touch around the rim will help him be successful at the next level.
The one big question mark on Bowman’s resume is his shooting ability. Bowman shot 43 percent from the field for his career at BC, and 39 percent from deep. These numbers are not the best, and especially troubling because Bowman shot the ball most efficiently during his freshman year. However, the one thing the Warriors do not lack is shooting, so the burden of making the deep ball will not fall on Bowman’s young shoulders.
Whether Bowman will see much time in the NBA is anyone’s best guess at this point. The Warriors are particularly strong at guard, with the Splash Brothers and the newly acquired D’Angelo Russell, but they are not deep anywhere on their roster. Quinn Cook and Alfonzo McKinnie proved to be untrustworthy during last year’s finals, and at least one of them is likely to be moved before the start of next season, opening a path for Bowman to make the team.
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