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Despite Maryland's need for a point guard in the program right now, and the probability another will be added in the 2015 class, there seems to be little doubt that St. John's (Washington, D.C.) sophomore whiz Anthony Cowan Jr. remains a prime target for the Terps.

Despite Maryland's need for a point guard in the program right now, and the probability another will be added in the 2015 class, there seems to be little doubt that St. John's (Washington, D.C.) sophomore whiz Anthony Cowan Jr. remains a prime target for the Terps.

Anthony Cowan Sr. spoke about his son's summer plans and recruitment.

"Right now the main focus is on getting better as a player," said Cowan Sr. "I think Anthony could make his college decision after his junior year, but at the moment, improvement in his game, and strength training, are what we're concentrating on.

"Anthony works out three times a week now, and already I can see a difference in his frame. He needs to be able to finish better around the basket, so that's something we're focusing on this summer."

But make no mistake, there will be plenty of games to play as well.

"Anthony's running with DC Thunder, and they're on the Adidas circuit," said Cowan Sr. "I know we have two tournaments in Indianapolis, one in Orlando, and we'll be at the Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas as well.

"Since St. John's is an Under Armour school, it's also possible Anthony may go to some camps or showcases that are Under Armour sponsored too. He'll be busy, that's for sure."

Though only a sophomore, Cowan, 5-foot-10, has received lots of recruiting attention.

"At the moment Anthony has four firm offers: Maryland, Florida State, DePaul and Xavier," said Cowan Sr. "He's getting strong interest from Notre Dame, Penn State and Villanova. Georgetown has also expressed interest, and Anthony's been going to their camps since he was nine years old.

"I expect we'll get more offers after the July period is over. It's really hard now for the coaches to make firm offers, when there is so little time in the spring for them to personally evaluate kids in competition."

Cowan Sr. did take a minute to express his views on Maryland's recruitment of his son, and his overall opinion of all the recent developments there.

"It's a tough situation now for Coach [Mark] Turgeon, but he's handling it as well as he can," said Cowan Sr. "You need to have everyone on the same page. I think things will calm down eventually and I think in two years Turgeon will have the program where he wants it to be.

"We're not overly concerned. Maryland has made its feelings known to me about Anthony, and they've recruited him as hard as anyone. It's still early, but I'd say Maryland is a definite front-runner when it comes to Anthony."

There's not a lot of definite high majors in the DMV class of 2016, but we've been very impressed with Cowan Jr., who blended in well with a senior laden roster at St. John's. It will be his show to run for the next two years -- and you can expect Turgeon and company will be watching his every move.

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