Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward Brian "Tugs" Bowen II (20) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. 

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CHICAGO --- Arizona fans and NBA scouts alike aren’t the only ones wondering whether Allonzo Trier is going pro this spring.

Brian Bowen is, too.

The five-star wing forward from Michigan says the decision of current college players is holding up his decision, to be likely between UA, Creighton and Michigan State (while he said he’s still talking to Texas and N.C. State).

“That’s really the thing I’m waiting on,” Bowen said Tuesday, during media interviews in advance of Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game. “I’m not really sure what’s going to happen, not just with them but with all my schools. It’s tough.”

Provided there’s the kind of room he is looking for at Arizona, Bowen may be already sold on the rest of the UA program. He’s visited twice, even paying his own way to take in the Feb. 25 UA-UCLA game on an unofficial visit.

“Coach (Sean) Miller is a great guy and (so is) the staff,” Bowen said. “I had a great visit when I was there and … the amount of wing guys they have going to the NBA is really a big thing for me. I want to go to the NBA. I really enjoyed their recruitment of me as well and they’re really pushing the guys that they’ve had committed and to just win national championships.”

It may help UA’s case that Bowen’s roommate this week in Chicago is DeAndre Ayton, who says he’s trying to recruit Bowen to Arizona “all the way.”


Even though Ayton and all the other McDonald’s players are pretty familiar with each other through the travel-ball circuits, getting them all together has ratcheted up the intensity.

They held practices Sunday through Tuesday at Quest Multisport facility and a scrimmage Tuesday at the United Center. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. (ESPN) on Wednesday.

“The competitiveness of this is at a whole ‘nother level,” Ayton said. “These dudes – there’s a reason why they’re McDonald’s all-Americans. They’re really showing their talents out there.”

As the consensus No. 1 player in the class of 2017, Ayton said “they’re definitely going at me, but I’m ready.”


Another top UA recruiting target playing in the game, Trevon Duval, was unavailable for media interviews Tuesday. A staffer said he wasn’t feeling well.


Looks like Joe Pasternack may be one of three finalists for the UNC Wilmington job, along with North Carolina assistant coach C.B. McGrath and Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley.

However, you can still apply for the job if you’d like.