Portland’s Ashley Bower to continue basketball career at Wayne State University

Portland High School senior Ashley Bower signed this week to continue his basketball career at Wayne State University.

Ashley played college basketball at Portland High School for four years. She also played soccer and golf for the Raiders.

Portland coach Jason Haid told The Beacon, “We are extremely excited for Ashley for her commitment to Wayne State University. Ashley is a special kid who is incredibly talented and will have an immediate impact at Wayne State next year.

Asked about her choice in schools, Ashley said, “I chose to go to Wayne State because of the coaches, the players, and the academics. The coaches have been and continue to be very supportive of me since the beginning of the recruiting process and they have continued to make me feel wanted at Wayne. During a visit, I was able to meet many players who were all very welcoming and kind. Another big part of my decision was academic. Wayne State is a strong college school and because I’m still not sure what I want to study, it’s nice to know I can go into anything.

Ashley also appreciated her support system at PHS to get her to this point. She said: “I want to thank my family, my coaches and my friends for everything they have done for me and the endless support they have shown. I was able to grow as a person and as a player thanks to the people around me and all the support I received. It wouldn’t have been possible without everyone and it means so much to me.

Ashley added, “I can’t wait to be a warrior for the next four years!”

Ashley’s mom, Christie Bower, told us, “Jeff and I just want to say how proud we are of Ashley and all of her accomplishments. She worked extremely hard to get to this moment. We are so excited for her that she can continue doing what she loves, which is playing basketball. We are delighted to see her playing at the next level. While we’re looking forward to her playing at Wayne State, we really appreciate every minute she gets to play as the Portland Raider.

Christie added: “She is also very grateful to all the special people in her life who were able to share this moment with her, including her family, friends and coaches.”

Located in Midtown Detroit, Wayne State University’s 200-acre campus is home to nearly 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Warrior athletic programs are part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and are an NCAA Division II institution.

Photos courtesy of PHS Athletic Department.

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