Q/A with 2022 four-star Dasonte Bowen
Tell me about where you grew up.
I grew up in inner city Boston in Dorchester. Not the best part but my parents always kept me on track, growing up in a very family oriented gym (The Joseph Lee school).
Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?
Basketball was always big in my house my dad, brother, and sister played. My brother was who really introduced me to the game but my dad kept it going.
When did you start taking the sport seriously?
I started taking it serious around 4th/5th grade. I was up with my dad at about 6 everyday to workout before school and we did the same thing that summer everyday.
Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?
My sister played in college.
Describe your game in a sentence or two.
My game would be like a shot creating playmaker. I can create shots for myself at the rim or outside while making plays for my teammates.
What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?
The game of basketball to me is really like breathing. It’s a get away when I need one, where I’m happiest, and something I can always count on. It means so much to me because it’s where I can express myself the most and can give life changing opportunities just by doing what I love.
How do you feel about your current ranking?
Disrespected, but I’m used to it. Just makes me tap into another gear to get to what I’m working for.
Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?
It can open some doors but at the end of the day it’s really just someone’s opinion on you which shouldn’t matter. It’s cool in high school but after high school in the bigger scheme of things it holds no weight.
Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?
Not yet but it should be coming sooner than later.
What schools reach out to you the most?
Iowa, Miami, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Rutgers, Michigan
During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?
Head coach or Head assistant just because in season obviously head coaches can be very busy. It definitely does make a difference because if you’re a real priority they’ll want to reach out.
What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?
I would just say showing I’m a priority whether that’s calling or texting but staying in touch. With schools not being able to physically recruit if they’re still constantly reaching out that shows it’s real.
Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?
It’s mainly been my brother and dad. The biggest things they’ve probably told me is not to rush it only I’ll know what school is right, and that its not about the name but where I’m going to play right away and what system I’ll be able to thrive in.
What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?
Something I would share is not to compare. There are gonna be guys with 20 offers and guys with 5 offers, but to run your marathon trusting God and the work you’re putting in.
What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially or officially?
So far I’ve only got to take and unofficial with Iowa. I had some planned for this past fall but with COVID and everything I wasn’t able to.
Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?
Virginia Tech, Arkansas, and Michigan have been reaching out a lot who haven’t offered yet. The relationship is pretty good so hopefully those come in the near future.
Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.
No specific schools maybe some more ACC, BIG 10, and SEC schools would be nice.
Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?
Bringing in top talent with me would be ideal just because I do aspire to get a national championship under my belt.
Did you have a dream school growing up?
Growing up my dream school was Duke, mainly because my favorite player was Kyrie.