Caroline Bowns had other priorities Wednesday afternoon besides making one of the most significant phone calls of her life. First, she had to pick up her younger sister at North Forsyth High School.
It wasn’t until they got home that Bowns called Campbell University assistant women’s basketball coach Megan Hall to verbally commit to the Lady Camels.
Bowns said she will make her commitment official in the November signing period.
"It feels great," Bowns said. "Now I don’t have any stress going into high school season. I get to have a little more fun with my senior year. I don’t have to be worrying about making that commitment later or if that will even happen at all."
Bowns has been one of North’s marquee players in its rise to prominence on the Georgia girls basketball scene. The 5-foot-11 guard/forward has been a regular on all-county and all-region teams since her freshman season and helped the Lady Raiders to their best season in school history – a region championship, 28-3 record and Elite 8 appearance in the state playoffs, all firsts for the program.
Bowns first caught the attention of Campbell during the July AAU period. As soon as college coaches were permitted to call prospects, Bowns head from the Lady Camels staff. Their relationship grew from there. She went on an unofficial visit last weekend during which Campbell officially offered.
Bowns took a few days but came to a decision quickly. Bowns said she grew close with Campbell’s coaching staff and fell for the campus. The school offered enough proximity to cities and the beach. Plus, she had the chance to play Division I basketball in the Big South Conference.
"I just think it’s a good fit for me," Bowns said, "and I think I’m going to have a lot of fun at Campbell. I’m excited."