South Carolina landed five-star forward Brian Bowen yesterday. Does this portend good things for the Gamecocks’ recruitment of elite prospect Zion Williamson?
Five-star forward Zion Williamson is already somewhat legendary for his in-game dunking prowess. He’s also one of the nation’s top recruits, ranked No. 3 in the country by 247Sports.
Williamson will make his college decision on January 20, and is choosing between Clemson, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Even with those powerhouse schools in there, the South Carolina native is thought to be a potential Clemson lean at this point. However, with the Gamecocks landing Brian Bowen on Wednesday, they may start to trend upwards for Williamson. The State reports that USC’s addition of Bowen could make a difference down the stretch in this recruitment.
Surely, the Gamecocks can now pitch to Williamson the chance to team with a fellow five-star player at Colonial Life Arena.
A program source told The State on Wednesday evening that communication with Williamson has been “really good.”
Asked about the chances for Williamson to join Bowen in garnet and black, the source said “it’s a real possibility. I know that.”
Losing a big-time prospect in its back yard would be tough for the Gamecocks, but it would be much easier to swallow if it was to a team like Duke, Kansas, UNC, or even SEC rival Kentucky. Those programs always recruit at a different level. Losing him to hated rival Clemson, very much a peer program that doesn’t even have the recent NCAA Tournament success of the Gamecocks, would really sting for South Carolina fans.
It’s unclear if the Bowen addition can really swing things this late in the process, but it definitely can’t hurt.