A surprise program is going all-out to try and land an uncommitted five-star recruit.
Five-star small forward Brian Bowen is one of the best players still left on the market. The La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere School standout is the No. 18 player in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
Bowen’s recruitment has also been unconventional. He’s been projected to go to Michigan State, to Creighton, to Arizona. Now, a new team is going all-out to try and land him.
DePaul head coach Dave Leitao has already hired Shane Heirman, Bowen’s high school coach, as an assistant coach, He is reportedly targeting his AAU coach as well.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Leitao is attempting to hire Meanstreets AAU coach Tim Anderson.
“Dave is making a concerted effort to recruit Chicago,” one source said. “They’re doing everything they can to get Bowen and they know this can turn things around locally.”
Leitao led DePaul to its last NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004, but is just a combined 18-45 in the last two years with a 5-31 mark in Big East play during that time.
DePaul hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2004, during Leitao’s first stint with the Blue Demons. It hasn’t had a winning season since 2007.
Therefore, there’s no reason for Leitao to not do all he can to turn things around.