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Lorne Bowman doesn't have a procrastination problem when it comes to his school work at St. Mary's in Detroit.
"I like to go ahead and get my stuff out of the way," he told the Des Moines Register with a laugh.
So it should come as no surprise that Bowman, one of the Midwest's top 2020 guards, wants to make his college decision before many of his peers. The long-armed, 6-foot-2 prospect is set to announce his commitment this Friday. His four finalist schools: Wisconsin, Nebraska, Valparaiso and Iowa.
The Hawkeyes would certainly benefit from landing an early pledge for a 2020 class that could have up to five or six open spots. They watched Bowman play up with Reach Legends' 17U squad this summer, and they offered him during an October unofficial visit.
Bowman said he's still discussing his options with his family, but that he's about "95 percent" sure where he's going to commit Friday.
"I'm pretty much there," he said.
For now, Bowman broke down his final four schools for the Register:
Why is Iowa in your final four?
"I like Iowa because of their coaching staff and then the system that they play. (Head coach Fran McCaffery) lets them play their game. They have a really free-flowing offense. They like to shoot a lot of 3s, which is part of my game, and they know how to get to the basket and make plays. Iowa's fans are amazing. And Iowa, overall, is a nice place — I just saw how everybody treated everybody with respect (during my visit); the hospitality I was shown when I was there was amazing."
What has Iowa told you about your role?
"They said my role is basically just to come in and play within the system. (McCaffery) likes my versatility — I can play the 1 and I can move off the ball a little bit and come off screens and do stuff like that. He basically was saying he would have me come in and they would use my versatility."
Bowman has taken just one official visit — to Wisconsin, two weekends ago. The Badgers offered during the visit.
Why is Wisconsin in your final four?
"The relationship with Wisconsin has been going for quite a while now — they first reached out back in March at a high school game, so they've been recruiting me for quite a while. It's just an all-around relationship with them. During my official visit, it was a really good time — definitely one I will remember. (Head) coach (Greg) Gard is great. The whole coaching staff at Wisconsin is great. The attention to detail and the way they present themselves is great."
What has Wisconsin told you about your role?
"They said my role would be pretty big if I come in. They like that I can score at three levels and also play defense. They said I have really long arms, so I can play different positions and I can check different positions — 1, 2 or 3. They like my versatility."
The Huskers offered Bowman in July.
Why is Nebraska in your final four?
"Nebraska was the first Big Ten school to offer me, so the relationship is really good with them. Back in July, (head) coach Tim Miles offered me. (I've got a) really good relationship with them. They expressed interest in me first, so I'm always going to have a really good relationship with them. It was truly a blessing (to get that first Big Ten offer), just because a lot of kids don't get the opportunity to go to such a high-level school and play basketball, as well as get an education."
What has Nebraska told you about your role?
"They tell me they like me as a leader. They saw all my leadership skills are there — with me being the point guard, they said they look for good leadership — being able to talk to guys, being able to be vocal. But also, they like my versatility, as well."
Valpo offered Bowman during an unofficial visit in September.
Why is Valpo in your final four?
"Valpo is a really good school. It's not that big, but it has substance. It's a really good school. The coaching staff there is great. (Head) coach Matt Lottich is a great coach. When they offered me, it was really good — because that kind of started my recruitment. They saw something in me that they wanted to offer. And they have really good values."
What stood out from the visit?
"It was really nice. I got to hang out with the guys on the team, as well as the coaching staff. Everybody showed kindness and hospitality."
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.