Forward Denzel Bowles has been busy in the professional ranks after a prolific career at JMU. The 23-year-old inked a deal with the CBA team Zhejiang in China last month. Zhejiang was the same team that hosted New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith last summer before he came back to the NBA.
The Virginia Beach native is coming off a great season in the Philippines’ PBA Commissioner’s Cup and in the Baltic League. As a member of B-MEG Llamados in the Philippines, Bowles led the team to a championship with a memorable double-double–39 points, 21 rebounds–in game seven of the series. Before his stint in the Philippines, with BC Siaulial in Lithuania, he was named First Team All-Baltic League.
The 6-10 forward impressed the basketball world with his performances overseas and was invited to the New Orleans Hornets for the Las Vegas NBA Summer League this past July. With the Hornets, Bowles averaged 7.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds. His first Summer League game was the most impressive as he registered a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
According to his website, DenzelBowles.com, Bowles is excited for the opportunity that his new team can provide for his career.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to join Zhejiang,” said Bowles. ”I pride myself on working hard doing whatever I can to help the team win and after practicing with this squad, I know that we can compete.”
Getting a taste of the NBA can be a huge motivational tactic for a player. Bowles already has the scouts eyes on him, and knows that this season with Zhejiang is more than just about bringing the team a championship. He isn’t shy and is somewhat candid about letting people know about his NBA aspirations.
“This is a very respected league in which many NBA players have played in and I am hoping to use it as a stepping stone to continue to climb my way into a shot at the league,” he said.