Vermonter makes college decision live on CBS Sports HQ

ESSEX — Taylor Bowen brings her talents to the ACC.

The 6-foot-9, 195-pound basketball star from Jericho gave his commitment to Florida State, announcing his decision live on the CBS Sports HQ stream in the Bellcate School gymnasium in Essex on Saturday after -midday.

“I felt like home when I came to the state of Florida,” Bowen said in an interview with the Free Press after his announcement. “It just felt like a perfect fit as far as basketball goes, on and off the court. It’s the right decision for me.”

Bowen will begin his senior year at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire this fall before beginning his Seminoles career in 2023. Prior to Saturday’s event, Bowen had narrowed his destination list to six schools: FSU, Duke, Iowa, Louisiana State , Providence and Vermont. .

Bowen said he weighed his decision heavily for months, ultimately choosing a Seminoles program that featured productive wingers like himself.

FSU has also been one of the premier programs in the nation under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Since 2018 in the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles have reached the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite 8 once since 2018. They beat Vermont in the first round in 2019.

“It was really hard to narrow down and find the right person and school that prioritized my needs as well as everything I needed to consider,” Bowen said. “I just want to go in there with a dog mentality and win as much as possible. I’m just grateful to have the opportunity.”

Coming from youth programs in Jericho and spending his junior year of high school at Mount Mansfield, Bowen left Vermont for prep school in the fall of 2019. He spent two seasons at St. George’s School in Rhode Island before moving on to Brewster Academy. On Saturday, Bowen announced his decision in front of his family and friends – proof of the strength of his local ties.

“I never forgot my roots, where I came from and everyone who helped me,” Bowen said. “It takes a tribe, that’s what I’ve always said. It didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of people back home and a lot of people from everywhere.”

While admittedly nervous at the news of the announcement, Bowen said he’s ready for the next step in his basketball career.

“I’m really happy to be here and happy to continue playing basketball at a high level,” Bowen said. “I worked very hard for this moment.”

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