According to the Commercial Appeal, Memphis Tigers is the only school so far to make a firm offer to 2014 Chipola Indians junior college forward Cinmeon Bowers.
Bowers is a 6’7 250 pound power forward from Milwaukee, WI. He is ranked No. 30 at his position for the 2012 class by ESPN.
Scouting reports say he is a big bodied, skilled player and good in transition. He has very good ball skills for a power forward and is excellent off the bounce getting to the basket.
Memphis coaching staff has a great relationship with Bowers’ summer AAU team, Playground Elite, coach.
The coaching staff developed a relationship with Duane Wilson Sr after recruiting his son, Duane Wilson Jr. Wilson Jr. chose Marquette Golden Eagles over the Tigers.
Bowers leans regularly on his former AAU coach as he goes through the recruiting process.
“He knows I’m real comfortable with them guys (at Memphis),” Wilson Sr. said to the Commercial Appeal. “I respect them, and they respect me. They do a great job with the kids they have there.”
Bowers is also familiar with the Memphis staff. It was reported that he and assistant coach Aki Collins go back six years, from when Collins was an assistant at Marquette.
“(Collins) has been my dude for years,” Bowers said to the Commercial Appeal. “And Pastner is my boy. I was talking to him at the beginning of the year, when I saw him at a couple tournaments. He’s liked me since then. This summer, he called me and I was shocked. He told me he was gonna be down here and we started talking from there.”
The Commercial Appeal reported that in Bowers, the Memphis staff sees a versatile combo forward who, with his weight and strength, could even defend the center position if needed.
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