Detroit Western has one of the best freshman in the state of Michigan in guard Lorne Bowman. The 6’1 sharpshooter is surpassing all expectations on a talented Cowboy team.
At times, Lorne has been Western’s best player, displaying poise and scoring prowess that is almost unheard of for a freshman. He will be an instrumental part to the Cowboys success this year in trying to make it back to the Breslin.
Here’s our take on the Lorne’s game:
Excellent Shooter – Lorne is a great good shooter from 3 off the catch. His one dribble pullup from midrange is really nice as well. Throw in a nice floater in the lane as well, and you have a player that scores at all 3 levels.
Spatial Awareness – Bowman is able to diagnose how much real estate he’s working with and play accordingly. He never plays the game faster than he’s comfortable with, and has great poise for such a young player. He rarely turns the ball over or attempts to overdribble into traffic.
Efficient – He plays within the flow of the offense and takes what the defense gives him without dominating the ball. Rarely takes more than 3 dribbles and can play off-ball as well.
Upside– this is perhaps the best thing about Bowman. A freshman guard that is a double digit scorer on a great team is very rare. But that is what Western has with Lorne. Assuming his frame continues to fill out and his skills develop, he’s going to be a top 5 player in the state as an upperclassmen with the potential to score 25 points per game.
Areas for Development:
Ballhandling – while Bowman has a plus handle already, he needs to add a few change of direction dribbles and tighten it up a bit in order to handle pressure defense in the half court better.
Athleticism – Lorne will have to improve his lateral agility and straight line speed a bit in order to get better separation off the dribble and defend at a higher level.