Maverick Rowan sees 'amazing' atmosphere

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons four-star prospect Maverick Rowan made his first official visit this weekend when he checked out the University of Louisville. Rowan's father, Ron, recaps the visit for the top 2016 target of the Cardinals.

Ron Rowan said he wanted to try and get in a few visits before the end of the college season for his son, top 2016 prospect Maverick Rowan.

The schedule wasn't so kind for the younger Rowan, who just ended his season last weekend with a state championship victory at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons.

But this weekend worked out for the Rowan's and Ron is glad it did. Maverick Rowan and his father made an official visit to the University of Louisville and took in the Cardinals' victory over No. 2 Virginia on Saturday.

"This just happened to work in between our season and the tournaments," Ron Rowan said. "We're glad it did. We wanted to get out and see some schools and Louisville was great.

"It was a pretty amazing atmosphere in there."

Rowan arrived on Friday and spent time with the Cardinals during a practice and then watched as U of L upset Virginia 59-57 on a last-second shot by Mangok Mathiang. The KFC Yum Center was as loud and crazy as it has been all season.

The Rowan's were sitting four rows behind the Louisville bench.

"I think Louisville is a great basketball city," Ron Rowan said. "And that atmosphere yesterday at the game was incredible. You would have to go a long way to find a better atmosphere like that in the entire country."

A former commitment to Pittsburgh, Rowan moved to Fort Lauderdale prior to this school year and re-opened the recruiting process. Pitino has made him a top priority along with assistant coach Mike Balado this fall and winter.

Rowan averaged 28.5 points a game for Cardinal Gibbons and is ranked as the No. 31 prospect in the '16 class by He also won a Class A state title last season in Pennsylvania and checks in as the No. 8 small forward in the Scout rankings.

The 6-foot-6 Rowan said recently that U of L, Wisconsin and North Carolina were showing him the most interest in the recruiting process. He also has offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, North Carolina State, UCLA, Florida, Gonzaga, UNLV, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Miami, Penn State and Florida State.

The elder Rowan said he's not in a rush to make a decision.

"All the schools that are recruiting him have great facilities and play in great arenas," he said. "But we're looking for a good relationship with the coaches. if you ask my son, his goals are to play at a high level and to play in March and he would definitely have that opportunity at Louisville. We liked it.

"But he has five visits and we'll try to take some more soon."

The elder Rowan played for St. John's against Pitino-coached Providence in the mid-1980s and said Pitino is one of the "best coaches in all of basketball."

"His track record speaks for itself," he said. "He's a great one."

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