Cowan makes early pledge to Maryland

Maryland added four-star point guard Anthony Cowan to their 2016 recruiting class on Monday. Why did Cowan pick the Terps? He breaks down his decision to Scout.

Mark Turgeon and Maryland added their first pledge of the 2016 recruiting class on Monday.

Anthony Cowan, a junior out of Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College, informed Scout that he verbally committed to the Terrapins. He also considered offers from Illinois, Georgetown, George Washington, Penn State, Miami and Florida State.

“A lot of people say it’s early, but when something is right you have to go for it,” Cowan said. “It just felt right.”

“My relationship with coach Turegon and coach [Dustin] Clark and the whole team and staff stuck out,” he added. “It’s the right place for me.”

Maryland is obviously close in proximity to where Cowan lives and that factored into his decision making, as he said it was “important” for his family to see him play. But Cowan also mentioned the relationships he’s built at Maryland as reasons for his pledge.

“Coach Clark made sure we kept in touch, along with coach Turgeon, but I know he’s busy,” Cowan said. “Coach Clark just made a great effort to make sure I knew I was Maryland’s number one priority. That meant a lot to me, to just be really wanted.”

“Me and coach Clark have a really good relationship, along with me and coach Turgeon,” he added. “That was big with me.”

Cowan told Scout that he actually grew up a Georgetown fan, but was converted to a Terrapin fan during the process. He took a pair of visits to Maryland this season. One to see them against Rutgers and another for Sunday’s thrilling win over Northwestern.

Cowan said during his unofficial visit a few weeks ago, he got the vibe that Maryland was for him.

“Actually a couple weeks ago to be honest,” Cowan said when asked if there was a point in his recruitment where he knew he wanted to get it done. “After the Rutgers game, just being there and the atmosphere there. It was breathtaking. I just knew that was the place to be and that’s the place I wanted to be.”

“At the end of the day, I was ready and there’s no changing my mind,” the 5-foot-10 lead guard added.

Cowan, who is known for his quickness, passing and ability to score if needed, said Maryland plans to utilize him a variety of ways.

“They said I can go on the ball or off the ball,” he said. “[I’ll] definitely bring scoring to the table, passing to the table and bring [defense] to the table. I think coach Turgeon is going to find the best way to use me.”

DC Thunder coach Zach Suber raved about Cowan's IQ and competitiveness.

"He's a competitor and has a will to win," Suber said. "He just makes his teammates better. He's a great leader, has a good feel for the game and plays on both ends of the floor."

A four-star prospect, Cowan is currently averaging 20 points and five assists a game. Cowan is ranked as the No. 62 overall prospect in the 2016 class.

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