The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg announced today what many had been speculating about the last months as no contract extension was amde thus finalizing the departure of John Bowler. Bowler is a 28 year old 206cm power forward/center that had played two seasons with the schwaben team. Last season, his playing time had been cut short due to an injury and he was only able to play 18 games. He averaged 11,1ppg, 4,7rpg, 1,2apg, 51,1%fgp and shot 50,0% from outside. In his shortend season, the gregarious big man was able to score in double figures in 11 of 18 games. His best effort of the season was 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played a total of 52 Beko BBL games for Ludwigsburg.
Bowler is no unknown player in the Beko BBL as he started his career for the Telekom Baskets Bonn in 2006 where he stayed until 2010. There he was a 2008 and 2009 Beko BBL finalsit and won the Most Likeable Player in the German BBL in 2008. For Bonn, his best individual season was the 2007-2008 season where he played 39 games: 12.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 70.5%. In total, Bowler played a total of 132 Beko BBL games and six Eurochallenge games. Bowler has shown in his six year professional basketball career that he is the ultimate team player and will do anything to win even if it means getting that rebound where it hurts and wont shy away from anyone. “I like Elton Brand and when I was young Charles Barkley. It is not always pretty when I play, but it has to be done. I need to play like this, because I can out work guys like that and it helps me do things that other guys dont do”, stressed John Bowler He is a big competitor with a big basketball heart that really understands the game of basketball. He is one of those rare gem of a player that still incorporates old school moves as he has shown with his hook shot and other moves that he has showcased. He could of gone on the road with ex teammate Chris Ensminger displaying their passion and expertise for making the routine hook shot. Bowler is a player with a special basketball charachter and one of those guys that remains in your head with his unique playing style. The summer is winding down and Beko BBL slots are becoming rarer at the moment it will be interesting to see where John Bowler will land. If the big man is helathy then he could still help any Beko BBL team on and off the court.