With all the attention recently focused on North Carolina commitment Bobby Frasor of the Illinois Wolves, there is Devan Bawinkel on the 16-under team that Coach Mike Mullins thinks could be the next Bobby Frasor. Plenty of high majors think highly of the 6-foot-5, 185-pound, 2006 combo guard out of Winnebago (Ill.) High School as well.
“I like Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa, Northwestern, Northern Iowa, Baylor, California, and Notre Dame,” said Bawinkel. “Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa, Northwestern and Northern Iowa have all offered.”
Mike Mullins, head coach of the 17-under Wolves, named some other schools that are very interested in Bawinkel.
“All the Big Ten has inquired about him,” said Coach Mullins. “Wisconsin was on him right away as a freshman. Illinois and Purdue really like him. Outside the Big Ten, Iowa State and Kansas have called recently.”
Bawinkel, who averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game during the past high school season, is at about the same stage of development that Frasor was at as a rising junior according to Coach Mullins.
“He is a lot like Bobby at the same age,” said Coach Mullins. “He shoots it like Bobby did at that age, and he is a little too unselfish at times. He is a couple inches taller than Bobby, however, and he is very athletic and quick. He can rise and is long. He can also play the one, two, or three.”
Sporting a 4.0 GPA and planning to attend the ABCD Camp in July, Bawinkel matched Coach Mullins’ description as he and back court mate Willie Walker led the 16-under Wolves to a runner up finish in the TOC.
Bawinkel plays tough inside and on the boards and is a physical defender. Offensively, he has a great court presence and is strong with the ball. He did appear more comfortable taking the ball to the basket than shooting the outside jumper.