Posted: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
By Brandon Hickey
Let's just get this out of the way: we're not talking about this guy.
We're talking about the fantastic sophomore guard from Central Michigan.
Fowler had a great freshman season last year, earning a number of accolades. He was on the all-freshman team, was second in the Freshman of the Year voting, and broke the Central Michigan freshman record in assists in a season (176). Fowler is able to score (averaged eight per game), but he is at his best when being a distributor. He finished 32nd in the nation in assists per game and was fourth in the conference behind DJ Cooper, Alex Abreu, and Juice Brown.
That defining attribute doesn't mean that he can't do everything else as well. He ended the season on fire from the floor, shooting 63% (36/57) in the last eight games and averaged thirteen points. That showed that Fowler could really be a multi-dimensional player and should continue into this year.
Head Coach Keno Davis said during media day that Fowler has great leadership qualities and was the real leader of the team last year, even as a freshman. That's a lot to put on a freshman (a sophomore even), and with the Chippewas being such a young team still, Fowler will need to take on that role again.
Coming from a historically dominant high school program in Detroit Country Day, Fowler is used to winning a lot of games. Last year may have been a wake-up call for him only winning twelve, but he'll have to put that behind him and focus on making his team better. This quote from a recent CM Life article sums up his thoughts going into the season:
"We just want to improve every day. We feel if we improve then we’ll win more games. We expect to win, but most of all, we expect to improve and get better every day."
That's a lot of "we" which is what you want to hear from your leader and starting point guard. The Chips may have another down year, but Fowler will make sure his teammates get involved early and often.