Class of 2016 three-star point guard Anthony Cowan (St. John's High School/Washington, DC) doesn't have to go far for advice on the Terps.
His mother, father, aunt and uncle all graduated from the College Park campus, while his grandmother presently works on campus. In fact, she accompanied him on a recent unofficial visit to campus last Wednesday for a little pickup run with the current team.
Cowan, who Maryland offered last year and rates as the No. 13 lead guard in the nation among the 2016 class, was also accompanied by recruit local Curtis Jones.
"That was probably my third or fourth time going up, so I have been up there a lot and have already done an unofficial," Cowan said. "Coach [Mark] Turgeon, this was the first time he wasn't there, but Coach Dustin [Clark] was there. They keep saying that it's very important for me to go to Maryland and come up there and play point guard. I am still a big fan of the Terps. I am not close to making a decision but I really like the Terps."
Maryland, Miami, Penn State, Rhode Island, Xavier, Florida State and DePaul are some of his main early offers, and so far this summer he has seen Maryland, Penn State, VCU and Towson. He has no other visits planned at this time.
"I really liked Penn State and VCU as well," Cowan said of his recent trips.
On the Terps, and the vibe he gets now from UMD, he said:
"Definitely, as I already have good relationships with the coaches and some of the players," Cowan said. "With Melo [Trimble] and Dion [Wiley], guys like that."
Cowan got to team up with, among others, Jake Layman on his pickup team last week.
"I think I held my own pretty well. I think I have been holding my own in all the games pretty well. I think I have to get a lot bigger in the weight room, but other than that it went pretty well," Cowan said.
Cowan said he is in the weight room 2-3 times a week and is up to 6-foot, 160 pounds.
"I'm definitely staying in the weight room. And definitely just honing a consistent jump shot. Other than that, I think everything else is going well so far," Cowan said of his game.
His father has also accompanied him on his other visits to UMD.
"Looking at Maryland [in the big picture], well you know my grandmother works there and most of my family went there. And I go to an Under Armour school where the head of Under Armour went," Cowan said. "And my mom, my dad, my aunt and my uncle all attended Maryland, almost everybody, so I already know it well, the program and the school."
Cowan's grandmother works in the African American studies department as an academic advisor, and she knows some of the basketball players.
Cowan has no timeframe yet for a decision, but his stock continues to rise. He's been on the Terps' radar for a few years now and was offered last year. He said Maryland and Xavier are pushing the hardest.
"I don't have date for when I am going to decide, and I don't have a top five yet. I am just seeing how everything is going to play out," Cowan said.
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