Three schools prioritizing Rowan

Maverick Rowan, who has more than a dozen scholarship offers, said a trio of schools are prioritizing him. Who is recruiting him the hardest? Which ACC school is starting to pick it up with him? Rowan updates Scout on his recruitment

After two seasons at Midland (Pa.) Lincoln Park, Maverick Rowan, Scout’s No. 44 overall prospect in the 2016 class, transferred to Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons for his junior season.

The transition to a new state, school and team seems to be progressing nicely for the touted perimeter scorer, as he’s currently averaging 29.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and four assists a game.

“I’ve been playing pretty well,” Rowan told Scout. “Our season is going great. It’s nice to come down to a pretty good program and do well.”

“The adjustment has been great,” he added. “I love the school, the players, the team. It’s just a great situation for me.”

Rowan is not only putting up numbers, but he’s also shown improvement to different aspects of his game. At 6-foot-6, pushing 6-7, Rowan is known for his long-range shooting ability, but he’s developed his off the dribble game and comfort level from mid-range.

“If I’m rolling, anything falls,” Rowan added. “The three balls, one dribble pull-ups, driving to the hoop, fadeaways, step backs, just everything. My teammates get me the ball when I’m hot. We play really well together.”

Just as his game has expanded, so has Rowan’s recruitment. A one-time Pittsburgh commit, Rowan opened up his recruitment in late September and since has accumulated scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Wisconsin, N.C. State, Louisville, UCLA, Florida, Gonzaga, UNLV, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Miami, Penn State and Florida State.

Rowan’s recruitment takes off
“My recruiting is going great,” Rowan said. “I don’t feel any pressure, I’m relaxed about it.”

Rowan, who ranks as the No. 12 small forward in the 2016 class, told Scout he’s starting to see which schools are prioritizing him.

“Definitely Wisconsin, Louisville and North Carolina State have been recruiting me the hardest,” he said.

“They are just coming down to see me,” Rowan said when asked what those schools are doing differently. “It shows how much they care because of how much they’ve been coming down.”

Bo Ryan was in Florida to see Rowan this past Wednesday. The Badger staff is comparing Rowan to one of Wisconsin’s current stars.

“Bo Ryan has done a great job there,” Rowan said. “I feel like I fit in their system well. They’ve shown a lot of interest and they’ve come down to a lot of games. I feel like I fit in that system and they’ve been comparing me a lot to Sam Dekker.”

Rick Pitino has been to Cardinal Gibbons a couple of times to see Rowan this season, including on Wednesday as well. Rowan said he’s set up his first official visit to Louisville the weekend of March 7th.

“I think they are another school that’s a great program,” he added. “Pitino has done a great job. Me and [Mike] Balado have developed a great relationship too. I really like Louisville.”

North Carolina State was also represented at Rowan’s game last week. Rowan recently took an unofficial to N.C. State.

“I went to see them play Duke when they upset Duke,” he said. “It just showed how tough they are.”

“It went pretty good,” Rowan added. “I didn’t have time to drive around campus because we just drove up and back in a day. But we saw the game.”

What sticks out about N.C. State to Rowan?

“The way they get their guys shots like Ralston Turner,” he said. “They just get their guys shots. Gottfried is a great coach and so is coach [Orlando] Early.”

To go with the long list of offers, Rowan also has interest from North Carolina, Michigan and Kansas. North Carolina had an assistant at one of his recent games and now their head coach is slated to see him.

“I just got off the phone with Roy Williams,” Rowan said Sunday evening. “They are coming down Wednesday to see me play.”

Rowan is currently regarded as a four-star prospect on Scout.

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