Art Bowers, a high scoring 6-4, 190 pound junior shooting guard from St. Benedict's H.S. in Newark, N.J., was a potent offensive force for the Gray Bees at the recent Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament in Lewes, Delaware.
Playing in his home state of Delaware, Bowers impressed with his offensive instincts at the Slam Dunk. He's very effective in leaking out on the break and scoring in transition, yet Bowers also has the ability to drill jumpers off the dribble and score acrobatically at the rim.
Bowers told the Insiders Report/Rivalshoops.com that Maryland enjoys a slight lead over Villanova early on in the recruiting process. He said that both schools have offered scholarships.
"I have some friends that go to Maryland, and they have nothing but positive things to say about the school," Bowers said.
In addition to Maryland and Villanova, Bowers said he is also interested in Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, UConn, St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers.
"The more good things I hear about schools, the more I like them," Bowers said. "I know some people at UConn, too."
Thus far, Bowers has made unofficial visits to Villanova and Maryland. He plans on making more trips to colleges after the conclusion of the 2001-2002 basketball season.
"I would like to get it over with, but I want to make a smart choice," Bowers said. "I am going to sit down with my coaches and talk about it."
Bowers said that both of his coaches -- St. Benedict's Head Coach Danny Hurley and T5T Playaz program director Jimmy Salmon -- will play roles in his recruiting process.
Bowers attended Hodgson Vo-Tech H.S. in Newark, Del., prior to transferring to St. Benedict's this past fall. He has distinguished himself the past few years playing with Salmon's Playaz program.