Joe Gaiter: What does basketball mean to you?
Darryl Bowie: Basketball changed my life for the better so it’s been my main priority since I was 3 years old.
Joe Gaiter: Tell us about your childhood growing up?
Darryl Bowie: It was good and smooth. I enjoyed spending time with my family.
Joe Gaiter: What are your fondest memories of Henry County High School?
Darryl Bowie: I loved it. I wish I was there all four years. I met my brothers there.
Joe Gaiter:Tell us about your recruitment experience.
Darryl Bowie: I really had no offers. I thought basketball was over.
Joe Gaiter: How was your time at Snead State Community College and Stillman College respectfully?
Darryl Bowie: No comment. God bless them.
Joe Gaiter: Why did you choose Ottawa University?
Darryl Bowie: I knew if I wanted to be successful with ball it was a great opportunity to start over fresh.
Joe Gaiter: Ottawa University was 28-6 this season with 14-2 home record. What contributed to your team’s success?
Darryl Bowie: Coach Siebenthall allowed me to play my game and lead the team.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation on the court?
Darryl Bowie: Just wanting better for myself. I know this game can change lives and I’m just praying God allows it to happen for me.
Joe Gaiter: How does it feel to be an All American and KCAC Player of the Year?
Darryl Bowie: It’s a great feeling really, especially when you come from the bottom literally and earn it. I’ve never had a trainer or help when it came to basketball. I’m really self-made but all glory to God.
Joe Gaiter: What makes you such a dynamic guard on the court?
Darryl Bowie: My speed, quickness, ability to score from anywhere, and knowledge of the game.
Joe Gaiter: How was your relationship with Head Coach Aaron Siebenthall and the coaching staff?
Darryl Bowie: It was great. Coach Siebenthall and I are still in contact, that’s my guy for life for sure. And Coach McClintock is a great guy. We are still in contact as well, they looked out for me past basketball and it means the world to me.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about Ottawa University?
Darryl Bowie: The students and fans. Our fans were unmatched honestly and I had/have so much love out there I can’t turn my back on that place.
Joe Gaiter: How have your faced adversity?
Darryl Bowie: I’ve been dealing with adversity since the day I was born for many reasons. I’ve dealt with racism in the worst way since I was a kid. Where I’m from a lot of kids like me are overlooked and I was definitely overlooked. I’ve been the smallest on the court my whole life so that’s was always a problem until like my 12th grade year of high school because I start doing the bullying on the court. I am 5’10 and was my collegiate conference player of the year. There were a bunch of people 6’3 plus, D1 transfers, and players who played all four years in college in our conference. My point is for kids to understand size doesn’t matter.
Joe Gaiter: What’s next for you and your career?
Darryl Bowie: I’ll be playing professionally overseas.
Joe Gaiter: Who is you agent and why did you choose them?
Darryl Bowie: I signed with 4LifeSports Management with David brill & Sean Couch. Sean cares about his clients past basketball. Really spoke highly of me and where he sees me going professionally and we got big plans.
Joe Gaiter: What is life like for you off the court?
Darryl Bowie: If I’m not with my people or brothers then I’m just at home on the game. Nothing good comes out of just being out no way.
Joe Gaiter: How has your cross country background helped your basketball skills?
Darryl Bowie: Sadly it doesn’t help too much now since it was so long ago but in high school it was definitely beneficial.
Joe Gaiter: What do you want your legacy to be?
Darryl Bowie: I want to be remembered as one of the greatest from my city. I plan on opening a foundation in the next couple years back home in Birmingham to help kids out who don’t have much or a father figure. I’ll make things better for them. Taking care of my people means the most to me.
Joe Gaiter: What is your untold story?
Darryl Bowie: I really didn’t play until the end of my junior year. I stayed down because I knew what basketball had done for me already.
Joe Gaiter: Final words?
Darryl Bowie: Keep God first and never give up on your dreams. Sometimes it’s necessary to cut people off to get where you want to be.