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Perry Cowan out to make name for self on Under Armour circuit

In both the 2018 and 2019 classes in the state of Illinois, there are not many basketball standouts who can be can considered sure things. A few players in the state are out to make a name for themselves on the AAU circuit and one such prospect is class of 2019 guard Perry Cowan.

Cowan, a 6'4”, 180-pound shooting guard from Chicago (DePaul Prep) is a local recruit who is looking to make his mark on the Under Armour circuit while playing for the Illinois Wolves. At the moment, he is regraded as a three-star recruit according to Scout.com and one of the best players in Illinois for the 2019 class.

While he and his team struggled in the first spring evaluation weekend in New York City in late April, Cowan showed off a complete game both offensively and defensively.

“It feels good,” Perry said about getting back out on the AAU circuit. “We play against a lot of good players. It shows all the talent (you're up against) and what you need to work on.”

Cowan, who has offers from DePaul and Illinois-Chicago, as well as interest from Notre Dame, Illinois, Kansas State and Northwestern, is not content with where his game stands.

“I have to continue to play hard,” Perry added. “Just guarding and defense and shooting the ball well (are the things I have to work on)”

Cowan is an active guard who plays with a lot of energy on both ends of the court. He is a nice two-way player who is committed to playing good defense and doing a little bit of everything on offense. He is blessed with solid athleticism while owning a nice mid-range game. 

It's a point he echoed when asked about his strengths.

“I bring defense and energy to the table,” Perry said. “I can get the ball to my teammates, too”

Cowan, as a rising junior, said that he can't talk to college coaches until June 15th and that he is eager to prove his worth to all prospective colleges throughout the spring and summer.

If he so desires, there are few connections to DePaul that Cowan may look into.

DePaul just recently hired ex-La Lumiere coach Shane Heirman as assistant coach and Heirman is tight with Illinois Wolves head coach Mike Mullins. The Wolves held a practice at La Lumiere recently with Heirman watching. 

Plus, Perry has a coach at DePaul Prep (formerly Gordon Tech) who you might be familiar with.

You see, Cowan's coach is none other than former Blue Demon star Tom Kleinschmidt.

Cowan has a great bond with his coach.  Perry feels that Kleinschmidt has been with him every step of the way in his development as a player and person. 

“He's a great coach,” Cowan said. “He's like a father figure to me. He tells me what to and what not to do on the court. He's been through it before. He tells me (about) the ups and downs to it and how to stay strong.”

While he still has a few more years to develop, Perry Cowan is a name to keep an eye locally in the 2019 class.

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