So far, his rare talent has played a role in Allatoona boys basketball team starting the season 13-0. The 6-foot-3 senior who averages 17 points a game started out as a point guard, but now he is used at all five positions. And that has made it difficult for opposing teams to guard him.
“I just do what needs to be done and whatever coaches needs me to do,” Fowler said. “When they wanted me to work on something, I just worked on it and tried to perfect it.”
Point guard was his first position when he started playing basketball at 7-years-old. But once he started growing in middle school, coaches began exposing him to other positions.
“I wasn’t comfortable with it at first, but I got used to them when I repeatedly played them,” Fowler said.
While point guard is still his primary position, post play still presents Fowler a challenge.
“I don’t have the softest touch,” Fowler said, “and it’s harder to score.”
This is where having the ability to play all five positions pays off.
If a bigger player is guarding Fowler, he switches to the perimeter and either starts to hit 3-pointers or he distributes the ball to other teammates. If Fowler has a smaller player guarding him, he can move inside the paint where he can take advantage of his height.
Even though, playing the post is his weak link, Allatoona coach Markus Hood said Fowler has the ability to grab a defensive rebound and distribute the ball before his feet hits the ground.
“His head is always looking up the floor,” Hood said. “We’ve been able to get out and beat teams in transition and a lot of that is him touching the ball first and beginning our offense.”
In Allatoona’s latest win over Paulding County on Friday, Fowler was limited to just seven points because he had two players keying in on him. But his lack of scoring helped him to dish out 10 assists.
In Allatoona’s win over North Cobb Christian in the final of the Lake City Classic last week, Fowler led the Buccaneers in scoring with 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds en route to being named tournament MVP.
College basketball is in the works for Fowler, who has spent most of his development in Allatoona’s program, but hasn’t committed anywhere yet. He’s got Division II and NAIA schools pursuing him and Wofford, Appalachian State, Jacksonville University and Elon are the Division I schools showing interest.
“He’s never been a big AAU kid,” Hood said. “He’s always been low key under the radar. His school will be paid for. No doubt. The transition (to college) will be seamless. His body’s ready for it. He’s a strong man at 6-3, 195 and the game is more physical at that level. I’m excited for his future.”