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BREAKING: Bowman Commits to Wisconsin

Wisconsin has secured its first commitment in the class of 2020.

On Friday, Detroit (Mich.) St. Mary’s point guard Lorne Bowman announced his pledge to head coach Greg Gard and the Badgers.

“It’s one of the best programs and best schools in the country,” Bowman told Badger247 earlier this month. “I like the coaches. I know they always make the tournament, they’ve made a couple Final Fours.

“It’s a really nice campus,” he continued. “The facilities are amazing. Definitely a beautiful place.”

Bowman chose the Badgers over offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Toledo, Oakland (MI), Buffalo, and Valparaiso.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior took an official visit to UW in November.

“It was an amazing time,” said Bowman. “Coach Gard, coach Oliver (Dean Oliver), coach Krabbenhoft (Joe Krabbenhoft), they’re good people. I really like that whole staff. I hung out with the players and see how they feel there. They’re a good group of guys. The visit was a great time.

“The city of Madison is amazing. The campus is just as good, maybe even better. To see all the people and all the things to do around Madison, it was amazing.”

Bowman was offered just prior to Wisconsin’s exhibition win over UW-Oshkosh.

“When I got the offer, it was truly a blessing,” said Bowman. “I was truly grateful.

“They wanted to get to know me more as a person on the visit. They said they like everything about me and I’m an excellent person on and off the court.”

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Wisconsin was the only unofficial visit that Bowman took during his recruitment.

Oliver was Bowman’s lead recruiter. The Badgers also had Bowman at their advanced camp in June and tracked him throughout the July evaluation period.

Bowman was also receiving interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Butler, Xavier, and others, but opted to shut his recruitment down early.

“I just want to go to a school that shows a lot of interest in me,” he said earlier this week. “Just whoever wants you the most, I feel like that’s where you should go.”

Wisconsin will likely have at least two scholarships remaining in the 2020 class. The Badgers are heavily involved for Jalen Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis.), Ben Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Ethan Morton (Butler, Pa.) and Jonathan Davis (La Crosse, Wis.). UW has addition offers out to Shon Robinson (Gilbert, Ariz.), Dawson Garcia (Prior Lake, Minn.), and Reece Beekman (Baton Rouge, La.), a native of Milwaukee.

Bowman is just the second player from the state of Michigan to commit to UW in the 247sports composite era, joining freshman forward Taylor Currie (Clarkston). He is currently unranked by 247sports and the 247sports composite.

Stay tuned to Badger247 for more on Bowman’s commitment.

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