Leonard Hamilton has had some success mining the juco ranks for talent – Bernard James, anyone? – so it’s no surprise he went back to the powerful Chipola College program to land power forward Cinmeon Bowers.
Like just about every recruit these days, Bowers broke the news on his own Twitter account.
Just Committed To Florida State !!— HULK ™ (@CinmeonBowers35) September 10, 2013
He committed to FSU after visiting the school last weekend, stopping his recruitment before taking a planned trip to Louisville. Previously, he had also visited Memphis. So the Seminoles beat out some stiff competition to land Bowers.
ACCSports.com recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger watched Bowers in action in high school and had these thoughts to share:
There he impressed us considerably with his strength, physicality, surprising athleticism and fine ball skills. While he’s clearly a big forward … and his jump shot isn’t reliable beyond mid-range, his dribbling and passing are plenty proficient for wing forward. We also like his ability to fill a lane and successfully finish in transition, often via eye-opening explosiveness.
Powerful, athletic and tough are the words thrown around frequently in describing Bowers. In other words, he sounds like a prototypical FSU player.
JucoRecruiting.com has declared Bowers to be “in the mix” for the top spot nationally in its yet-to-be-released 2014 rankings. Though Bowers played just under 19 minutes a game last season at Chipola, he managed to score 11 points and grab 7 rebounds per game during that limited time.
Taking a look at the FSU roster, the Seminoles will lose two other juco imports, Robert Gilchrist and Kiel Turpin, and forward Okaro White from the frontcourt after this season. Big men Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo will be juniors when Bowers arrives, but they came to Tallahassee as projects, so it's hard to know how far along they'll be when the 2014-15 season starts. Plus, they are centers. The only other power forward on the roster will be rising sophomore Jarquez Smith. So clearly Bowers fits a need.