POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - For Pocatello Basketball star Julian Bowie, his announcement Tuesday that he's committing to play college basketball at Boise State in 2024 is the fulfillment of a lifelong goal.
"Since I was a little kid, I always wanted to play college basketball," Bowie said in his video posted to Twitter announcing his commitment.
It's an early decision for Bowie, who still has two more years of basketball at Pocatello, but he said he made his decision now because Boise State is a great fit.
"The more normal thing to do is wait until after your junior year to commit," Bowie said. "But I just felt really well about Boise State and that was the right place for me to go."
As a role model in eastern Idaho, Bowie also said it's a role he has embraced, especially with his next chapter coming up.
"It means a lot to me that I inspire young kids," Bowie said. "That they'll look up to me and that can be a change in their life to give them what they want to be or someone to look up to."
Bowie led Pocatello to the state championship as a sophomore last season, and even with his next step in stone, he said there's still unfinished business at Poky and there's only one goal in mind.
"Trying to get a state championship up on the wall," Bowie said. "That's our main goal. We've got to get through districts first, but then we're trying to win a state championship for sure."
Bowie is one of the first recruits in the 2024 class to commit to a school as he joins the Mountain West championship-winning Broncos in two years.