The Florida State men’s basketball team picked up its first 2023 commitment Saturday.
Four-star forward Taylor Bowen, who plays at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy but originally hails from Vermont, committed to the Seminoles in a live commitment broadcast on CBS Sports HQ.
“I’d like to announce my commitment to Florida State University. I will be a Seminole coming into next fall…” Bowen said on CBS Sports HQ.
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“I always wanted to go somewhere where I can accomplish my dreams. I thought Florida State was the perfect fit for me basketball-wise and off the court. I think I can become the best I truly can on and off the court going to FSU “
He chose FSU over fellow finalists Iowa, LSU and Providence. Bowen’s commitment comes two weeks after his official visit to FSU the weekend of June 11.
The relationships that FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton and associate head coach Stan Jones built with Bowen both during this visit and before helped convince him to join the Seminoles.
He believes FSU can make him the first player from Vermont in NBA history.
“It played a major factor. I always want to have a coach who has my back no matter what, especially nowadays with the amount of kids that transfer,” Bowen said.
“I always wanted to have a coach who I have a great bond with that went beyond basketball. Through talking to coach Jones and coach Hamilton, after our phone conversations and them coming up to Brewster, we definitely made that bond.”
For Bowen to be the first member of FSU’s 2023 class, he’s a pretty impactful addition. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 37 overall player and No. 9 power forward in the 2023 class while Rivals ranks him as the No. 24 overall player and No. 8 small forward in the class.
Measuring in at 6-foot-9, 195 pounds, Bowen definitely fits the FSU bill of a long, lanky forward. He still has some growing to do, especially in terms of adding bulk to match his frame. But his film shows a player capable of playing inside and shooting from three-point range and a fairly strong passer for his size.
“Taylor is a young man who I’ve been lucky enough to see for years. Real early on, it was the combination of size, speed and fluidity that stood out. As he’s gotten older, we’ve seen his ball skills progress, he’s a definite threat as a playmaker in the open floor,” 247Sports director of scouting Adam Finkelstein said of Bowen on CBS Sports HQ.
“Moving forward, I think the area of untapped potential is his defensive versatility. You see the high-flying athleticism that comes out in the open floor, but he can really move his feet and cover multiple positions. I think he could be a shot blocker from the weak side of the floor. I think he’s going to be great in full-court basketball, not just offensively but defensively, make plays at both ends of the floor.”
It’s still very early in the 2023 recruiting cycle, but Bowen’s addition as FSU’s lone commit launches the Seminoles’ 2023 class into 18th in the 247Sports class rankings, just behind UConn and Arkansas.
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