Checking in with ’08 recruit Shamarr Bowden

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6-3, 175-pound junior guard Shamarr Bowden, a verbal commitment for Seth Greenberg’s 2008 recruiting class, earned all-metro 4A conference honors at Grimsley High School in the 2005/2006 season. That season, he averaged 19.7 points per game while shooting 37-percent from 3-point range. Bowden is playing this year at The Miller School in Albemarle, Virginia, and seems to be having similar success.

Bowden was a junior at Grimsley in 2005/2006, so he is currently repeating his junior year of high school. An excellent student – he claims a 4.0 GPA and recently scored a 1,260 on the SAT (combining Math and Verbal only) – he transferred to Miller for basketball reasons alone.

“It has been tough,” Bowden said of the adjustment to life at The Miller School. “It’s different from my old school because it is so structured. You lift. You workout. You practice. You have study hall. It’s hard to do because you’re isolated from everything, but it has been really good for me. It’s getting me prepared for college.”

Averaging 18 points per game, the talented guard continues to show the shooting stroke that earned him a scholarship offer from the Hokies. And he has more confidence as a result of playing against better competition.

“My old school, Grimsley, we played good teams. But it’s not like this,” Bowden said. “Every night you’re playing somebody good. It’s sort of similar to AAU, but with this you’re guaranteed to play somebody good. You’re not going to have any blowouts. It’s good to play against better competition and it will help me get better for the ACC.

“I think I’ve progressed a lot from last year. I feel a little bit stronger. My range is increasing. I just feel more fluent. We work on basically everything in practice and it makes me feel more comfortable in the games.”

Bowden made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech last April, which was during his sophomore year at Grimsley. He reflected on why he made an early