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Morning Power Bar: Bowen to Decide, Minnesota Commitment and More

Brian Bowen is on the verge of committing to the school and is planning on visiting Michigan State before he does so.

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In this week's morning power bar we discuss one of the top prospects in the country that is on the verge of making a commitment to a school, a hometown recruit choosing to stay at home and a signed prospect viewing his future team.

-Bowen to make decision at the end of the month

This past weekend at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts, Brian Bowen told scouts and reporters that he will most likely be making his college decision at end of the month. The No. 3 ranked small forward also mentioned that he would need to take his visit to Michigan State prior to making the decision.

Bowen cut his list of schools down to five, and they include Creighton, Arizona, North Carolina State, Texas and Michigan State.

In the morning power bar post a couple weeks ago we mentioned that Bowen may have been leaning toward Michigan State because it is only about an hour and 15 minutes away from his hometown Saginaw, Michigan, and now he is making it a point to visit the East Lansing campus before making his choice.

I think it is safe to say that Spartan head coach Tom Izzo is going to make sure he gives a good impression when Bowen is at Michigan State.

-Wesson watches brother and future team play

Ohio State’s class of 2017 signee, Kaleb Wesson, traveled down the road to the Buckeye’s campus to watch his brother, Andre Wesson, and the rest of the squad take on Michigan State this past Sunday.

The Westerville product will be a fantastic edition for the Scarlet and Gray as Wesson is ranked No. 13 in the country for the center position. The older Wesson plays small forward and is featured more on the wing. Therefore, it may be possible that we will get to see the Wesson brothers on the floor at the same time in a couple years.

-Minnesota picks up commitment for 2018 class

Cretin-Derham Hall High School’s (Minnesota) Daniel Oturu made is decision yesterday to stay in state and play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers for his collegiate career.

Oturu, standing at 6-foot-7, is an undersized center but is still a force in the paint.

The big man had a list of schools that included: Baylor, Creighton, Kansas, Memphis, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Providence and then Minnesota.

Oturu will be the first member of the strong 2018 recruiting class that head coach Richard Pitino has received a commitment from.

After Oturu committed he told reporters that he will be trying to recruit other top prospects from the area to join him.

One of those players that Oturu is referring to is Tre Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones brother. Coming out of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Jones is currently uncommitted and has received offers from big time programs such as Duke, Arizona, and UCLA.

It may be a long shot for Oturu to get Jones to choose the Golden Gophers.

As for next year, the Golden Gophers have Isaiah Washington out of ESPN’s top 100 and The Patrick School’s (New Jersey) very own, Jamir Harris, signed to sport the maroon and gold.

At any rate, Pitino may be on to something in Minneapolis.