Growing up watching NBA legends Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose rise to greatness, Ky Bowman made it his lifetime mission to compete at the same caliber in the arena.
“My dream was to take [the Chicago Bulls] back to the finals,” says 6-foot-1 Eagles point guard Ky Bowman. “But also, just trying to show the other young kids in my community it’s possible to chase their dreams.”
When Bowman went on his recruiting visit to BC, basketball head coach Jim Christian was impressed, but he made it clear Bowman would have to earn his spot.
“Knowing I’d have to work for something pushed me more,” says Bowman. Not only was he drawn to shaping a winning program, but he knew he would thrive in the family-like culture.
“BC is all for each other,” says Bowman. “If someone’s down, someone is going to help you up.”
And he has thrived.
Since arriving at the Heights, Bowman has been one of the top scorers in the ACC. As a freshman during the 2016–17 season, Bowman posted three games with 30 points or more—ranking him third all-time in ACC history—while leading all freshmen in the league in field goal percentage (.482), 3-point percentage (.472) and 3-pointers made (2.83). As a sophomore, Bowman became the ninth-fastest player in Boston College history to score 1,000 career points, reaching the career-scoring milestone in 64 career games. In 2017–18, Bowman finished the season as the only player in the country to average at least 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
“Ky gives us a tough, hard-nosed leader whose competitive spirit has become infectious to his teammates,” says Coach Christian. “A gifted athlete, he is explosive and fast, and he plays the game to win.” Bowman helped the Eagles finish the 2017–2018 season 19–16 overall.
Today, Bowman’s goal is to “be the best player I can be for BC and for myself so I can accomplish my personal goals and those of our team.”