N.C. State will not be getting 2017 McDonald’s All-American Brian Bowen.
Bowen, a 6-7, 194-pound five-star small forward, is expected to announce he is going to Louisville, according to Courier-Journal in Louisville.
A school spokesperson told the Courier-Journal that Bowen’s status changed from application to matriculation and that he enrolled in classes for the summer term. He has not signed his financial aid agreement.
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Efforts to reach the school and Bowen’s mother Friday morning were unsuccessful.
Bowen is ranked the No. 18 recruit in the class of 2017, according to 247sports’ composite rankings. He was once a coveted prospect for the Wolfpack. Former N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried recruited him heavily for years.
However, Gottfried was fired in February. It is unclear whether new N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts made a push for Bowen.
Louisville emerged as a late favorite for the forward, who played his senior year at national powerhouse La Lumiere. Bowen is originally from Saginaw, Mich. Bowen is officially expected to make an announcement on Twitter at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
N.C. State signed three players eligible for the 2017-18 season, including Lavar Batts, the top point guard in the state; graduate senior Al Freeman, a guard and Baylor transfer; and Sam Hunt, a guard and graduate transfer from N.C. A&T.
The Wolfpack also picked up C.J. Bryce, a transfer from UNCW, and Devon Daniels, a transfer from Utah. Both of those players will not be eligible until the 2018-19 season.