Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes announced Wednesday that 6-5 guard Jordan Bowden has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UT. A Knoxville native, Bowden plans to enroll this summer and will be a freshman for the Vols next season.
Bowden (pronounced: BAU-din) becomes the sixth member of a Tennessee signing class that also includes guard Jordan Bone, forward John Fulkerson, forward Jalen Johnson, guard Kwe Parker and forward Grant Williams.
"We couldn't be more excited about Jordan. He is a terrific talent and an even better person," Barnes said. "What stands out about him on the court is his potential to be a complete player. He possesses high-level athleticism along with excellent ball skills and a high basketball IQ. He also has shown the ability to affect the game defensively. Jordan has a very bright future."
Bowden attends 22 Feet Academy of Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was a member of the academy's National Team, coached by Ryan Schmidt.
On a prep-school team that featured three SEC signees, Bowden averaged 17 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while leading 22 Feet to a 26-9 record.
Bowden's squad handed national powerhouse Oak Hill (Va.) Academy its only loss of the season, posting a 70-67 victory at the Phenom Hoops Showcase in Lewisville, North, Carolina, on Nov. 14, 2015. He drew interest from several high major programs after a 30-point performance at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas in December of 2015 and also raised his stock at the Legacy Nissan Classic in London, Kentucky, earlier that same month.
Prior to enrolling at 22 Feet Academy, Bowden graduated from Carter High School, in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, where he was coached by Joby Boydstone. Bowden is UT's first scholarship men's basketball signee from Knox County since center Doug Roth (Karns High School) in 1985.
Bowden's performance as a senior in 2014-15 earned him All-State and District 3-AA MVP recognition, along with the nod for theKnoxville News Sentinel's 2015 PrepXtra Boys Basketball Player of the Year (the first player from Carter ever to receive that honor).
He totaled 932 points as a senior in 2014-15, shot 55 percent from the field and averaged 26.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
During his senior season, the Hornets advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AA tournament, where--despite 26 points from Bowden--they suffered a 74-69 loss to eventual champion Haywood County; Carter's final record stood at 27-8.
Bowden was held to fewer than 15 points in only four games in 2014-15, but he scored 30 or more 14 times; known for playing above the rim, he reeled off 10 consecutive double-doubles early in the season.
He erupted for a school-record 54 points against Gibbs High School on Jan. 30, 2015; it was his first of two 50-plus-point performances on the year.
He also led Carter to the Class AA state tournament as a junior in 2013-14.