Cowan No. 1 Priority for Terps

Class of 2016 point guard Anthony Cowan (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.) remains high on Maryland, and plans to return to campus multiple times in the next several months.

Top Maryland hoops point guard target Anthony Cowan (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.) was supposed to be at the UMD-Ohio State football game Oct. 4, but the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was unable to attend. That said, the class of 2016 local star said he’ll try his hardest to make one of the Terps’ remaining home games, possibly against Iowa Oct. 18 or Michigan State Nov. 15.

“I had something come up and I wasn’t able to make [the Oct. 4 game], but I’m definitely getting back up there as much as possible before I make my decision,” said Cowan, who has been in College Park, Md., almost 10 times in the last couple years. “I mean, I talk to Maryland like every day; I’m always in touch with their coaches and I’m up there all the time. [The Terps’ coaches] were at a lot of my open gyms, and I talk to Coach [Mark] Turgeon and Coach [Dustin] Clark a lot. I really like those guys and the program.”

Cowan, who holds offers from UMD, Xavier, Miami, Florida State, George Washington, Georgetown, Penn State and Rhode Island, said he was highly impressed when Turgeon came to St. John’s on the first day of the live period in order to meet with him.

“I really respected that about him, that he wanted to talk to me face-to-face. He really wants me there,” Cowan said. “He was just telling me how he definitely wants me to know I’m his No. 1 priority in the class of 2016, and he wanted to make that clear by telling me that in person. So that meant a lot to me.”

The Cadets’ lead guard harbors similar feelings about assistant Dustin Clark. The two have developed a close rapport, either in person when Cowan visits the school, and via social media.

“We talk all the time, and just like Coach Turgeon, he’s telling me he wants to make sure I know I’m his guy,” Cowan said. “He’s a really good guy to talk to, and I can hit him up anytime.”

Besides the staff, Cowan has maintained contact with several current Terps. He knew current point guard Romelo Trimble from his days at Bishop O’Connell, while he’s come to know Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens from his numerous appearances at UMD pickup sessions.

“Those guys are great; they’re really good guys,” Cowan said. “They’ve been telling me about the program and how much they like it there. Of course, they want me to come there too and help them win.”

The players and coaches aren’t the only ones in Cowan’s ear about UMD. Much of his family, including his father, attended school in College Park and would seemingly love to see Anthony follow in their footsteps.

“Maryland is very close to me and my family,” Cowan said. “They loved it there, and they always tell me to remember where I came from. And, like, just from being around the school so much I know so many people there, not just basketball players. So it’s a comfortable place for me.”

The main priority for Cowan, however, is winning basketball games and potentially national championships. Maryland, of course, hasn’t even been to the NCAA tournament in several years.

“Well, I think anything is possible, and I think Coach Turgeon is a really good coach. I think they’re just a couple pieces away from really turning things around,” Cowan said. “I know they haven’t been to the Dance in a few years now, but I think they can get things straight real soon.”

While UMD looks to be in prime position to reel Cowan in, the St. John’s product is still looking around at his other suitors. He was most recently at Penn State and George Washington, the former for a football game and the latter for a sit-down with the staff.

“I liked Penn State a lot. The football atmosphere was really good, the students were awesome and it was a really nice campus,” Cowan said. “Then before that I went to GW, and it was nice too. It’s a smaller school, but it was still nice.”

Next up, Cowan plans to see Florida State and Miami in the next couple weeks. He said both staffs have been eager to get him on campus and remain in close contact.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing [FSU and Miami],” Cowan said. “It should be a lot of fun down there.”

Cowan, who said he’s been hearing from Louisville, UVA, VCU and a couple others, has no plans on selecting a school before next year. But don’t expect him to drag out his recruitment too long, as he wants to be a ringleader regardless of which program he chooses.

“Anywhere I go, I want to bring the best basketball players with me,” Cowan said. “I really want to win, and I figure the best way to do that is to get other guys to follow me.”

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