SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head men’s basketball coach Brooks Thompson announced Wednesday the addition of Ryan Bowie (Lewisville, Texas/Lewisville HS/Iowa Western CC) and Edwin Olympio (Marseille, France/Folsom [Calif.] HS/Westwind Prep) to the 2014 recruiting class.
Bowie, who signed a grant-in-aid, and Olympio, who inked a National Letter of Intent during the spring signing period, will join fall signees Austin Karrer (New Braunfels, Texas/Canyon HS), James Ringholt (Rockhampton, Australia/Brisbane Boys’ College) and Christian Wilson (Baton Rouge, La./Notre Dame Prep) for the 2014-15 season.
“We’re very excited to add Ryan and Edwin to our program,” Thompson said. “Ryan will give us another experienced ball handler who can score as well as make plays for others. He comes from a great program at Iowa Western and knows how to win. While Edwin has only played organized basketball for a few years, he is an exceptional athlete with an incredible work ethic and our staff is ready to help him reach his full potential.”
Below is a breakdown of the signees.
Ryan Bowie • 6-1 • 175 • Guard
Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS/Iowa Western CC)
Helped lead Iowa Western to a combined 55-11 record in two seasons … the Reivers claimed a Region XI Championship, District XI title and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NJCAA National Tournament during his tenure … last season he averaged 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists for a team that went 23-8 and reached as high as No. 3 in the NJCAA poll … following the season he also earned Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Academic All-Region honors … as a freshman in 2012-13, he averaged 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists while he shot 46.9 percent from the floor and a team-leading 44.8 percent behind the arc … the Reivers went 32-3 that season and spent part of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation … he averaged 17 points per game as a junior at Lewisville High School and earned all-state honors and registered 15 points per outing in 10 games as a senior before his season was cut short by an injury.
Edwin Olympio • 6-4 • 185 • Guard
Marseille, France (Folsom [Calif.] HS/Westwind Prep)
Moved from Marseille, France, to Folsom, Calif., prior to his junior year of high school and played two seasons at Folsom High School before spending the 2013-14 year at Westwind Prep Academy … last season at Westwind he averaged 14 points, six rebounds and five assists per outing … as a senior at Folsom he posted 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game … he earned the Bulldogs’ Most Improved Player Award and was honored by the NorCal California Interscholastic Federation with its Sportsmanship Award as well.