Ky Bowman could have been catching passes at Alabama or Oregon. Instead, he ended up playing basketball at Boston College.
And now, as he tries to earn a spot on an NBA team’s roster, that football mentality just might serve him well. In Portland Monday morning to showcase his skills for the Trail Blazers, Bowman is creating a buzz among some of the teams he’s worked out for – and there have been many of those teams.
“This is my 16th workout,” he said with a smile. “I’ve been going out and playing hard, showing people I can play defense and conducting things on offense, showing people that I’m not just a scorer.”
A 6-1, 188-pound guard out of Boston College, Bowman originally committed to play football at North Carolina. He says he had "personal invitations" to football camps at Alabama and Oregon but couldn’t attend them because of a death in the family. And then when he got an offer to play basketball at BC, he knew he had to take it.
At Boston College, he averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game, which shooting 37.4 percent from three-point range as a junior last season.
“I’m glad I chose basketball,” he said. “This is what I love. A lot of times you can come in here and relieve all the stress off your body. I come in here and I’m free.
“I lost my dad earlier in life and I’m the youngest of five, so I need to be there for them. This is my opportunity to showcase my skills. Everyone else has used football or the military to get out of Havelock (N.C., his hometown) and I’m taking this route.”
And Bowman believes he has two tools that will help him accomplish his goals:
“Believe in yourself and trust in God,” he said.
He is well aware of what his situation would be if he gets drafted or even invited to an NBA camp.
“You aren’t going to come in and be a star,” he said. “So you have to do the things that are going to get you on the floor, especially from the defensive standpoint. Coming out here, my defensive role is my biggest task.”
“In the NBA, you’re switching one through five,” he said. “On defense, I’m trying to show my toughness. And on offense, show that I can conduct the floor.”
Bowman still has two workouts left. Is he tired?
“When you’re in the process and you love basketball, you just do it,” he said. “Those guys who get tired, they don’t love it as much.”