May 1, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Ben Bowling (Hazard, Ky.) has signed a national letter of intent to attend Tulane University and play basketball Tulane men's basketball coach Shawn Finney announced Tuesday.
Bowling was a three-year standout at Perry County Central High School in Hazard, before transferring to Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for his senior season.
At Westminster, he averaged 17 points per game and helped the Lions to the title at Lexington Catholic High's Christmas tournament. As a junior at Perry Central, the 6-3 shooting guard averaged 21 points per game. All-tournament
"Ben gives us an athletic two-guard who can shoot the three as well as take it off the dribble and score in the paint," Finney said. "He is a very exciting offensive player that should flourish in our system."
"There are no questions about Ben's basketball abilities offensively," Westminster coach Buddy Presley said. "He is a tremendous offensive player, a very explosive offensive player. He can do it all on the offensive end and he has improved tremendously defensively. I think Tulane has one of the top recruits in the country."
Bowling lettered for four years at Perry Central for Coach Allen Holland. A 1,000-point scorer, he earned third team all-state honors as a junior and was an honorable mention all-state selection as a sophomore.
"Ben is one of the most talented players to come through the mountains of eastern Kentucky in some time," Holland said. "If he had stayed [in the state] for his senior season, he would have been a top candidate for Mr. Basketball in the State of Kentucky."
Bowling joins November signees Ben Benfield (River Ridge, La.) and Karl Hollingsworth (Jonesboro, Ga.) in Finney's first recruiting class to date.