Analysis: Cowan gives Terps big boost
Maryland is having a huge season under Mark Turgeon in large part because of the presence of a local playmaker in Melo Trimble. Who knows how long that the Terps are going to keep Trimble on campus, but if he sticks around a little while then he will have another local stud joining him in the backcourt. At 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, Cowan doesn’t blow anybody away with his physical stature, but he brings a world of toughness and skill to the floor. Like Maryland, Georgetown, Miami, Xavier, Illinois, Florida State, and West Virginia all offered Cowan a scholarship and wanted him to be the man who ran their offense for several years. Cowan however decided to stay home and picked the Terps, and this is big because of what it means. First of all anytime that Maryland can keep a local star home it is huge, as that has been a bit of a struggle at times over the last two decades, but also it is at the most important position on the basketball court. More and more high level point guards are becoming hard to find, and Cowan is one of the best. His feel for the game and basketball IQ make him a bit of a throw back in that he is a true point guard, and not a combo guard who is looking to score instead of distribute. Also on the defense end he takes a lot of pride in guarding his man and not letting the other team initiate their offense from the point guard position. This is especially important because Maryland needs someone to run the show in case Trimble leaves. If Trimble were to leave Maryland would have the services of junior college guard Jaylen Brantley to help them out, but a true point guard who can run an offense would allow shooters like Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens to really excel, and that is just what Cowan is. Also this is significant because by his own admission Cowan grew up a fan of Georgetown, and the Hoyas wanted him. Anytime that the Terps can win a local recruiting battle against the Hoyas to keep a kid home in the DMV it is huge. It is especially huge since this isn’t a kid who seem to have too many people pushing him to Maryland, the Terps just went out and got this done. Overall Cowan is the No. 14 point guard and the No. 62 player in the 2016 class, but his importance to a roster should be more than that. He simply has so much in the way of toughness and leadership that this get is as big as any for Maryland in the 2016 class.
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