Ky Bowman Mental Buckets Recap

Ky Bowman Mental Buckets Recap

March 11, 2021

By Ellie Lieberman

The ninth episode of Mental Buckets featured a one-of-a-kind talent on and off the court in Ky Bowman. His conversation with Packie and Mike touched on his journey from North Carolina to the NBA, with stops at Boston College, and the Santa Cruz and Golden State Warriors along the way. But, basketball was only part of the story; this podcast touched on so much more than that, and specifically the adversity that Bowman has overcome to the best version of himself. 

The road to committing to Boston College wasn’t easy in itself; Bowman has to deal with personal tragedy in the loss of his father, and overcoming a speech impediment to even feel like he was ready to conquer the world beyond North Carolina. Confidence is a lifetime thing, and slowly and surely, Bowman began to break down those walls that were hindering personal growth.

“I know what it’s like to be shy, scared, like growing up, being shy, being by myself, not really knowing how to talk to people was one of the hardest things I had to face growing up cause even away from home, like in college, I didn’t even know how to ask questions.” Bowman said on Mental Buckets. “As I kept on going further down my road in life, I just figured out there’s more to this game not just basketball, but to your mental state,” Bowman said. 

With the exuberance and energy Bowman brings to everything he is tasked with, success was always in the future, and he alludes to his many interests on the podcast as well. After receiving many offers to play wide receiver collegiately, and committing to North Carolina, Bowman opted to play basketball at Boston College where he felt the coaching staff was being honest with him.

“I wanted to hear the things I didn’t want to hear, the honest truth,” Bowman said. 

He was an elite scorer at Boston College and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2017 and Second-Team All ACC in 2019. There he excelled off the court and studied fine art, prompting his interest in the fashion industry and starting his own line. After going pro, Ky made a mark for himself in both the G-League and in the NBA. In games for the Warriors, he averaged  7.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. And his energy is contagious.

“Anytime I’m around people, I try to give off good energy to get people to relax,” Bowman said.

Most of all, when he’s in our gym, he’s happy-go-lucky, positive and ready to make the most of his next opportunity. He’s always a joy to be around and we can’t wait to see what’s next for Ky Bowman.




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