In a few weeks, Maret senior Tre Bowens will dramatically change his after-school routine. Once the Frogs finish up their run in the inaugural DCSAA basketball tournament, the 6-foot-4 center will transition back to football training.
Rather than hoisting jumpers and grabbing rebounds at daily basketball practice, he’ll begin workouts in the weight room and on the school’s practice field. He knows he’ll need to bulk up his 225-pound frame without losing his quickness to be ready for the rigors of playing defensive end at Towson.
Until then, Bowens continues to anchor the post for Maret, which clinched its first outright MAC title in school history with Sunday’s 74-65 win over Sidwell Friends. He tied his season high with 17 points and added 11 rebounds in a victory that provided additional validation to his decision to spend his final winter of high school on the hardwood.
“I wanted to finish out the year strong,” Bowens said. “That’s what my dad told me to do. He told me I owe it to the team and I owe it to myself because I’ve been playing [basketball] since I was four years old. He wanted me to end my senior year with a [conference title] banner.”
Despite that long history with basketball, Bowens gained more attention for his football skills during a four-year varsity career at the District private school. He racked up 19 sacks as a senior for the Frogs before picking the Tigers over Florida A&M, Coastal Carolina and Eastern Kentucky. Check out his highlight tape here.
As colleague Brandon Parker pointed out two weeks ago, Bowens plays a less flashy but no less important role on a basketball squad that has thrived on balance. He’s fourth on the team in scoring among the regular players at 7.1 points per game and routinely battles taller players in the post as the Frogs don’t have a conventional big man.
“I consider myself a football player playing basketball.” Bowens said. “That’s why I have to play aggressively every game.”
The role fits Bowens, who has a surprisingly versatile offensive game. He’s comfortable attacking the basket off the dribble from the wing, but on Sunday, he also scored several easy baskets inside on putbacks and also drained his fourth three-pointer of the year.
After the Frogs locked up the outright conference title, Coach Garrett O’Donnell said Bowens “calms us down.” Sidwell Friends Coach Eric Singletary agreed with that scouting report.
“We thought that he’s been the difference for them, his presence on the inside with his ability to step out and make a jumper,” Singletary said. “You can’t just back off him, and he’s just tenacious going after the glass. He did a great job tonight.”
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