Havelock High athlete Kyran Bowman has decided to give up football and focus on basketball, Rams football coach Jim Bob Bryant announced.


Havelock High athlete Kyran Bowman has decided to give up football and focus on basketball, Rams football coach Jim Bob Bryant announced.



Bowman has excelled in both sports at Havelock High, and last year had made a verbal commitment to play football and attempt to walk-on and play basketball at the University of North Carolina. He will give up that option and look to play basketball in college. East Carolina has already shown interest in the 6-foot-2 guard.



However, Bryant said Bowman was selected for an Amateur Athletic Union basketball team from Raleigh sponsored by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and has decided to put his time and focus into that effort.



Bowman had played wide receiver for the football team and had already been selected by his teammates to be a captain during his senior season on the team this fall.



Bryant said he supported Bowmans decision and wasnt angry but is upset to lose one an expected senior leader and top player for the 2015 season.



Im not mad at Kyran, Bryant said. He has to make his own decisions and hes a heck of a player and heck of a kid. Hes one of my favorite players and is a great leader, so its upsetting to lose him, but I will always support him.



On the court, Bowman averaged 24.2 points per game this past season, leading the Rams to their second straight appearance in the regional semifinals. As a sophomore, he averaged 24.6 point per game.



On the football field, Bowman caught 65 passes with nine touchdowns last season, helping Havelock to a 14-2 record and a fourth straight trip to the state championship game.



And just for good measure, Bowman placed fifth in the high jump during the state track and field championships held Friday in Greensboro.



Bryant said he thinks Bowman is talented enough to play either basketball or football in college and always encourages multiple sport athletes.



I encourage all of my kids to play multiple sports, as many as they can, he said.



Bowmans decision means the Rams will be without their top two receivers from last season. Matt Boykin, who set the single-season record for touchdown catches with 16 last year, is set to graduate.



We have some guys that we can fill in, but well miss his leadership, Bryant said of Bowman. The kids had a lot of confidence in him.