Posted On: 01/7/18 6:58 PM
For a promising freshman of Makye Bowles’ type, The Charger Classic presented a massive stage and opportunity.
Suncoast, which opened up the 2017-18 campaign with a sizzling 8-1 record, has said time and time again they want to play against the best.
The best way to elevate the program is to play against top-tier competition.
And so Suncoast recognized this in deciding to play against Sickles High of Tampa, as opposed to a dud who they could pummell before their home crowd during the Charger Classic.
Bowles is a big and physical 6-foot-4 forward with a burgeoning back to the rim game.
His knack for making the right reads and reliability as an interior scorer has propelled him to big moments as a callow freshman.
Against a Sickles team featuring mid-major prospect Bryce Workman, a 6-foot-8 bulldozing forward, Bowles got the offense jump-started by scoring nine of the team’s 17 first half points.
Bowles again flashed a post game against Potter’s House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) during Day 2 of the Charger Classic. While Bowles brings a physical and skilled presence as a forward, the development of an 18-20 footer would be instrumental in preparing him for the rigors of being a featured scorer.
While Suncoast has a thin frontline and tends to execute a smallball brand of offense, Bowles must adapt to being a big guard and a wing type who can score the ball at all three levels.
Today’s game is so much predicated on versatility and the Division-I level emphasizes high flying, rim to rim athleticism more than ever.
In maximizing his opportunities to be an elite level player and prolong his career at the next level, Bowles must buy into being multi-positional and incorporating new facets to his game.
You can’t deny the upside he brings as an advanced level finisher. With a composure level you rarely see from a freshman and a workmanlike style of play, Bowles has quite the future ahead of him.