Rowsey Has Options

Andrew Rowsey grew up in Virginia playing on the AAU circuit with high-major talents like Cat Barber and Frank Mason, and his exploits eventually led to him enrolling at UNC Asheville in 2013.

Andrew Rowsey grew up in Virginia playing on the AAU circuit with high-major talents like Cat Barber and Frank Mason, and his exploits eventually led to him enrolling at UNC Asheville in 2013.

He quickly established himself as one of the top players in the Big South Conference, as he averaged 20.3 points while being named the Big South Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big South.

"I didn't expect that going in," said Rowsey, laughing. "Things happened for me to get a lot of playing time with Keith Hornsby transferring to LSU. We had another point guard leave too so I was able to start right away and play a lot. I had big shoes to fill, that's for sure."

He followed up his freshman campaign by averaging 19.2 points per game, leading the Bulldogs to a 15-16 record.

In nonconference play he really turned it up a notch against high-major teams. He opened the season with a 26-point outing at Wake Forest and scored 28 in a win over East Carolina. He had 30 in a loss at South Carolina and scored 27 at home versus Charlotte.

At that time, Rowsey knew he could play, and play well, against high-level competition.

"I definitely did think that," he said. "After that run, I felt like I could really play with them."

What makes Rowsey such a dangerous scorer is his ability to shoot from behind the three-point line in a variety of ways. He can run off screens or create his own looks off the dribble. He's hit 208 three-pointers in his first two seasons and is shooting nearly 40% from 3-point range while attempting almost nine three's per game.

Listed at 5-foot-10, he has had to work on creating his own shot.

"I'm always in the gym trying to get better," he said. "A lot of my shots were tough but I practice them all the time. My teammates helped me out in practice playing me hard and helped me out in games too.

"Being short I have to create my own shot and find different ways to get my shot. I have to mix in step-backs, things like that, because I'm not the biggest guy out there, but now I'm used to doing it."

Following his sophomore season, he decided to transfer from UNC Asheville.

"I wanted to play on a bigger stage," said Rowsey. "I want to play for a team that can contend for a national championship... contend for a title at a school in a league like the ACC, SEC, or Big Ten."

Early interest has been high for Rowsey.

Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, NC State, Marquette, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are just some of the schools that have reached out to Rowsey and his father, Chris Rowsey, who is helping him out with the recruiting process. Rowsey added that he will be hosting coaches from Marquette on Tuesday in Asheville and next weekend he will be visiting Tennessee.

Another school that will receive a visit is NC State. Heading up his recruitment for the Wolfpack is assistant coach Rob Moxley.

"We've talked, and he seems like a really nice guy," Rowsey said of Moxley. "I'm going to get there soon and see the campus and get to meet him. I'm really looking forward to it."

Growing up in Lexington, Virginia, Rowsey is familiar with NC State and their roster.

"I've played with Cat Barber," said Rowsey. "He was on the older Boo Williams team when I played with Boo for a year so I'm real familiar with him. Then the twins played on Team Loaded when I did so I know them too.

"NC State, they seem really interested. They've called a few times. They were one of the first schools to call. I think I'm going to visit there in the next two weeks. The coaches have been really high on me so I'm going to visit. I'm really looking forward to that."

Rowsey must sit out next season as the school he chooses, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining. He added that NC State has talked with him briefly about their situation at guard.

"Well, I know Cat has a really good chance of going to the league next year," he said. "I'd have a chance to go in there and play a lot if I went there."

Rowsey added that he plans on visiting several schools before making a final decision. What factors will he be considering?

"I'm looking for a place that welcomes me," he said. "There's a bunch of things. I want to stay closer to home... nothing too far because my parents want to go to some of my games. I also want to go to a place where I can go in and play right away."

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