Boston College’s star point guard, Ky Bowman, declared for the NBA Draft earlier this week and hired an agent, meaning that his college career has officially ended. While the Eagles struggled to contend in the ACC throughout his three-year career, Bowman was a true leader to so many of his teammates, doing whatever was asked of him to keep the team competitive.
Bowman led the NCAA in minutes per game this season, averaging a whopping 39.4 minutes played per contest. His consistent contributions were vital to the Eagles’ scoring attack, with the team often looking lost without him on the court.
He benefited from sharing a backcourt with Jerome Robinson, the No. 13 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, in his first two seasons, but truly came into his own when asked to take on more responsibilities in this past season. As the undisputed top option, Bowman raised his averages to 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, and four assists per game.
However, no performance encapsulated what Bowman meant to Boston College more than his incredible showing in an upset win over the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils in December of 2017. In perhaps the biggest upset in the history of Boston College basketball, Bowman recorded 30 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, leading the Eagles in all three categories.
Bowman was spectacular throughout the game, keeping the Eagles afloat even when the highly-talented Blue Devils came roaring back from a halftime deficit. Ultimately, that was the role that he excelled in at Boston College—leading by example.
It's often said that truly great players are marked by their ability to elevate the play of those around them. Even in games when the Eagles should have been completely overmatched, Bowman’s leadership and stellar play kept them competitive, and instilled fans with the belief that the Eagles could be competitive in a conference populated by some of the nation’s most prolific teams.
The higher the expectations grew for him, the more Bowman delivered. In a January upset over the No. 11 Florida State Seminoles, Bowman put on a show, scoring a game-high 37 points on 13-18 shooting (6-8 from three-point range). His brilliance ultimately made all the difference, giving the Eagles their second high-profile upset in as many seasons.
Bowman exceeded expectations all throughout his career at Boston College, and should be expected to do the same at the NBA level. While he is pegged by many as a late second-round pick, his athleticism and leadership skills should serve him well as a professional.
As far as his legacy is concerned, he will be remembered at Boston College as an embodiment of hard work and determination. His ability to handle so much playing time and consistently play at a high level is simply remarkable, and while he will be dearly missed next season, he will not be forgotten by the fans who witnessed his brilliance with the Eagles.
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