Bogut predicts Bowen will be drafted into NBA
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.