PARAGOULD, AR (Paragould Daily Press) - Former Greene County Tech basketball standout Skyler Bowlin has accomplished a lot during his college career at Missouri Southern State University. The senior point guard was named this season's Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association [MIAA] Player of the Year as well as Co-Defensive Player of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors. He was also named to the conference's all-defensive team.
"I've been lucky enough to hit some shots," Bowlin said with a laugh. "The whole team [is great defensively]. So, I was lucky [to get defensive honors]."
However, don't let Bowlin's modesty fool you. Throughout his college career Bowlin has been named the conference's defensive player of the year for for the past two years. This was the first time he had to share the honor. Fort Hays State forward Dijon Smith claimed a share of the title this season. Bowlin has been named to the all-defensive team every year of his college career and earned second-team all conference honors the last two seasons. He said he has come a long way since his days at GCT.
"Every summer after the [basketball] season, I just try to get better," Bowlin said. "I try to get a little [stronger] and try to work on my skills."
Although Bowlin's accolades are often for his defensive skills, he is also a top scoring threat for the Lions. This season, Bowlin ranked fourth in the MIAA in scoring averaging a little more than 18 points per game, was second in the conference in assists averaging nearly six per game and led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio with 152 assists to just 17 turnovers for a 2.1 ratio. During the season, Bowlin helped the Lions to a 23-3 overall record and led the team in scoring 12 times. Defensively, Bowlin led the conference with 2.4 steals per game and anchored an MSSU defense that ranked fourth in the 12-member conference allowing 69.4 points per game.
Bowlin said he considers himself lucky enjoy as much success as he has at the college level.