Skyler Bowlin Signs New One-Year Deal in German BBL

TORONTO, May 12, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Skyler Bowlin has signed a one-year deal with Science City Jena in Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).

Bowlin, a 6’3” point guard, is coming off of a strong season with the Giessen 46ers in the BBL, where he averaged 8.8 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game in 33 appearances. During the season, Bowlin was named one of Eurobasket.com’s top 10 players of the week, twice.

A Paragould, Arkansas native, Bowlin attended Green County Tech High School, before attending college at Missouri Southern of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in NCAA Division II for the 2007-2008 season. In his first season, Bowlin was named the All-MIAA Freshman of the Year, averaging 9.7 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. The following two years he was named to the All-MIAA 2nd Team, and as a junior, was named All-MIAA Defensive Player of the Year.

As a senior, Bowlin averaged 18.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game over 31 games. For his outstanding play, he was named the All-MIAA Player of the Year and All-MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while also being named to the All-MIAA 1st Team and MIAA All-Tournament Team. That season he led the Lions to a Regular Season Championship and the MIAA Tournament Finals, before being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II College All-Star Team, NABC Division II All-America Team, NABC Division II All-South Central Region 1st Team, and the Daktronics Division II All-America 3rd Team. Bowlin was also named to the MIAA All-Defensive Team for the fourth consecutive year.

Bowlin began his professional career during the 2011-2012 season as the starting point guard for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen in Germany’s Pro A league, where he averaged 12.4 points, 3.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game and finished 2nd in the league with 2.0 steals per game. In April of 2012, Bowlin joined the Ringwood Hawks of the Australian Basketball Association, where he averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game. Bowlin’s play helped the Hawks finish the regular season in first place in the Big V Conference and helped the team to a Big V Conference Championship.

Bowlin continued his career in 2012-2013 with Horsens IC of the Danish Basketligaen, where he played for three consecutive seasons. In his first season, he finished 5th in the league with 19.6 points per game, 2nd in the league with 6.5 assists per game, and 1st in the league with 3.0 steals per game. He also contributed 4.3 rebounds per game. That season, he was awarded the Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Imports Team. In his second season with Horsens, Bowlin averaged 18.6 points per game and finished 5th in the league with 5.1 assists per game and 1st in the league with 2.6 steals per game, while adding 3.7 rebounds per game. After helping the team reach the semi-finals in his first two seasons, Bowlin led his team to the Danish Ligaen Championship in his third year with Horsens. That year, he averaged 16.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, and finished 2nd in the league in both assists and steals, with 6.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game, respectively. He was awarded Eurobasket.com’s All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year, Guard of the Year, and Import Player of the Year.

For the 2015-2016 season, Bowlin signed with the Sodertalje Kings in the Swedish Basketligan and the FIBA Europe Cup competition. In 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup, Bowlin averaged 10.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 50.0% from the field. In the Swedish Basketligan, Bowlin averaged 14.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, while finishing 6th in the league with 4.3 assists per game and 5th in the league with 1.6 steals per game. Bowlin’s contributions helped the Kings secure the Swedish Basketligan Championship. Eurobasket.com named Bowlin to the All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team, All-Imports Team, and he was named the Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Finals MVP.

Bowlin is confident he will be able to make an impact with his new club.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity with Jena,” said Bowlin. “The opportunity to continue to play in the BBL and play for Coach Harmsen will be a great experience, and I’m looking forward to joining the team.”

This past season, Science City Jena finished 13th in the BBL with an 11-21 record.

“I am very happy that Skyler signed with us. He always gives his best effort, he has great character and shows leadership on the court,” said Jena Head Coach, Bjorn Harmsen. “That’s why he is a perfect fit for our program. He will be a role model to all young players on our youth teams.”

For more information and individual box scores for Skyler throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/skyler-bowlin.

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