Bogut pre­dicts Bowen will be drafted into NBA

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WHAT'S THE - MATT LOGUE

AUS­TRALIA’s first No.1 pick An­drew Bogut says Syd­ney Kings rookie Brian Bowen Jr is NBA draft-bound this year.

Bowen has starred for the Kings this sea­son, with the Amer­i­can sign­ing de­liv­er­ing sev­eral eye-catch­ing per­for­mances off the bench.

He ex­celled in Fri­day’s win over the New Zealand Break­ers, scor­ing 12 points and pro­duc­ing a num­ber of big plays in the fourth quar­ter.

Bogut be­lieves Bowen is on track for the 2019 NBA draft at on June 20.

“He’ll get drafted — it is just a mat­ter of where,” Bogut told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

“He is in one of those rare spa­ces go­ing into a draft, where he could go from up here to down here.

“Peo­ple still don’t know what the ceil­ing is for ‘Tugs’. I don’t think he knows at this point.

“He is a very con­fi­dent kid and he is still fig­ur­ing the game out and learn­ing but he has got all the tools and gifts to be a good player in the league. As long as he con­tin­ues to work hard he’ll have a chance to be a good player.”

Bowen is cur­rently pro­jected as a sec­ond-round pick but could rise if he con­tin­ues to im­press for the Kings. Bogut has also been rapt with Bowen’s at­ti­tude.

Prior to join­ing Syd­ney this sea­son, the 20-year-old for­mer All-Amer­i­can was caught up in one of col­lege bas­ket­ball’s big­gest cor­rup­tion scan­dals.

The Uni­ver­sity of Louisville’s shoe spon­sor Adi­das was ac­cused of pay­ing Bowen’s fa­ther US$100,000 to en­tice his son to play there in 2017.

It cost Bowen Jr his col­lege ca­reer, de­spite be­ing cleared of any wrong­do­ing, prompt­ing him to move to Aus­tralia to play for the Kings.

Bogut says Bowen’s trou­bled past hasn’t im­pacted his at­ti­tude at Syd­ney this sea­son.

Brian Bowen Jr of the Kings.

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