SUFFOLK, Va. -- Terrapin Times made the trek down to Suffolk, Va., to check out St. John's (Washington, D.C.) 2016 point guard and Terps target Anthony Cowan. Here's our take on his game:
Player: Anthony Cowan
Weight: 170 pounds
School: Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Venue: Nansemond River HS (Suffolk, Va.) versus Kecoughtan HS for the XTreme Sports Tip-Off Classic
Athleticism: While lacking strength, this sophomore standout possesses blow-by speed and very good quickness. He elevates well, but is not an over-the-rim player at this time.
Shooting: Cowan nailed two treys against Kecoughtan in four attempts, and in previous viewings, as always showed the ability to hit long-range bombs. Adding a floater in the lane will benefit him down the road.
Ball-handling: Cowan is an excellent ball-handler on the perimeter, and will be able to do more in the paint with added strength.
Passing: Cowan is not a guard who "pounds" the ball. Rather, in SJC's system, he keeps the ball moving, and recognizes open shooters very well.
Defense: I think Cowan will be an excellent defender in time, as he has all the lateral quickness you look for. Right now, because of his sleight frame, he gets overpowered at times by bigger, stronger opponents.
Rebounding: He's not really much of a factor on the boards now.
Intangibles: Cowan transferred into a senior laden St. John's squad, and comes off the bench for the Cadets. He has adapted to this role very well, and still gets major minutes for a very deep team. Even in an extremely up-tempo system, Cowan has shown excellent poise in letting the game come to him. He seems like a very coachable young man.
Summary: Anthony Cowan showed again why he got a Maryland offer prior to his sophomore year, and why he has such a bright future. Size and strength are the only real questions right now. He will get stronger, so we wait to see if he grows. At 5-10, another inch or two would serve him well, but his quickness and end-to-end speed are awfully good, which negates the height question. We see no reason to think Maryland won't continue to pursue this St. John's product, who could possibly be running the show in College Park in a few years.
The Terps will want a point guard in the class of 2016 most likely, and Cowan appears to be a prime target. There will be some other talented guards in the program then, but this slick operator appears to have the requisite skills to take over the reigns in time. He's smallish, but has the explosion necessary to compete at the high major level. We'll monitor him, obviously, to see how much bigger and stronger he gets, but the skills are there.
Scouting Report: Anthony Cowan
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