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J.C. Smith basketball adds recruits
Rowan County's Bates and Bowman sign
Published Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:22 am
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith has signed a pair of basketball recruits with ties to North Rowan High.

The Golden Bulls have added 5-10 point guard T.J. Bates from Thomasville Preparatory Academy and 6-4 shooting guard Michael Bowman. Both played on North’s 2011 N.C. 1A state championship squad.

Bates was a key cog in the Cavaliers’ title team as a sophomore, scoring 22 points in the West Region final to earn MVP honors. A torn knee ligament before his junior year limited Bates to 6.9 points per game and all-county recognition as a senior. A National Honor Society inductee at North, Bates played at Thomasville Prep last year to improve his chances for a college scholarship and averaged nearly 16 points a game.

“A torn ACL is tough to come back from, and I’ve had two of ‘em,” Bates told the Salisbury Post. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me that if it had happened to them, they wouldn’t still be playing.”

North coach Andrew Mitchell told the Salisbury Post: “He’s definitely a warrior. His senior year, he was just coming back from the injury, and when Johnson C. Smith watched him, they weren’t sure he could play for them. This year, they were calling me, wanting to know how they could get him.”

Bowman, a 6-4, 22 pound senior, helped North to 100 wins and four Yadkin Valley conference championships during his career in addition to the state title as a freshman. He averaged 13.4 points per game as a senior and broke the 1,000-point barrier for his career in addition to earning all-county and West Region MVP honors.

Bowman, who has a 3.3 grade point average and wants to major in sports medicine, was offered a JCSU scholarship during his junior year. He had no idea Bates had chosen the Golden Bulls as well.

“Without even talking to him, he committed that afternoon and I committed that night,” Bowman told the Salisbury publication. “Coach actually told me T.J. committed earlier and I immediately texted T.J. ‘it looks like we’re gonna be teammates next year.”


wow? JCSU had a point guard in charlotte, Tryle Poindexter, and settled for less wow! how do u pick a 1a player over a 4a? Its all about the politics
, shame on you JCSU
Posted on July 11, 2014

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