Gilbert High School's 6-foot-7 senior wing Chris Bowling needed a strong performance this club season to boost his college recruitment, and he was up for the challenge. Bowling would have numerous strong performances on the summer club circuit, including a big performance in the championship game of the Pangos Sweet 16, as he would lead his club program, the Arizona Magic Elite, to the tournament championship with a gutty performance. As a result, Bowling would receive several scholarship offers for himself.
While Bowling has still yet to garner as much division-I interest as expected, he has received division-I offers thus far from Idaho State, Sam Houston State and Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has also generated serious interest from Hawaii, Northern Arizona, Nevada, Southern Utah, Denver, Sal State Bakersfield, Weber State and San Diego.
Bowling plans to take an official recruiting visit to Northern Arizona in October. He is still deciding on which schools he will visit, and whether or not, he will wait until the spring before signing.
Bowling showed a sweet shooting stroke and very good athleticism this summer - playing his best basketball of his young career. While Bowling is very thin, he gets a lot done and is very skilled. Over time Bowling could be the steal of the class once he develops physically.
I will continue to keep you posted on Bowling's recruitment as it continues to develop this fall.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Bowling's length and athleticism are nice attributes that he possesses, but when you consider his nice ability to shoot the basketball and stretch the defense with excellent range on his shot, he becomes a formidable prospect. Bowling is still really thin physically, but is still very young for his age and should fill out nicely over time. As he matures physically he should develop nicely at the next level. He is a good ball handler and passer – a fundamentally sound performer. A solid rebounder, but as he gains more physical strength and size, this is an area of his game that should pick up. A solid defender that uses his length to get his hands on balls and deflect passes. A very good overall prospect that is currently underrecruited. A nice sleeper prospect.