7-foot Spalding center Bowers commits to Terps

College Basketball

July 28, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Will Bowers, a 7-foot senior center from Archbishop Spalding, last night gave an oral commitment to NCAA champion Maryland.

Bowers, second team All-Metro as a junior after averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Baltimore Catholic League/MIAA A Conference champions, chose the Terps over a host of Division I schools.

"All factors added together, the location, their coaching staff and style of play and reputation for developing big men, are the main reasons I chose Maryland," said Bowers.

Stanford, Notre Dame and Connecticut also pursued Bowers, an agile 235-pounder.

"Will is aware that [Maryland coach] Gary Williams has done a tremendous job developing big men and I look for Gary to make Will a much better player at age 20 than he is now," said Mike Glick, Spalding's coach.

Glick noted Bowers runs the floor well, is a superb passer, can block shots, rebound, take it to the basket and has a soft touch on medium-range jumpers.

"It should be a perfect fit for Will as center-forward in Maryland's flex offense," said Glick.

The Terps lose Ryan Randle and Tahj Holden, two 6-10 post players, next year.

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