"Last fall we were talking about it," Rowan said of potentially re-classifying. "I didn't finally decide until this spring, but I wasn't able to get my courses until this June.
"I had to wait until after the school year. I went to Elev|8 Prep and got some courses done there. They were very helpful in letting me graduate this summer. I didn't want to go my senior year when all I had to do was a course and a half. Why go my whole senior year for a course and a half when I was able to play in the ACC or any conference this fall coming up?"
Once Rowan knew he would be able to graduate early, he started to focus on choosing a school. He narrowed his list down to NC State, Louisville, West Virginia, and St. John's, and after graduating on Friday he was ready to choose.
"I finalized my decision on [Saturday]," said Rowan. "I was talking with coach Early, my dad was, and [Saturday] night I told coach Gottfried that I had made the decision to go with the Wolfpack.
"They were very excited. They gave me the perfect opportunity to come in and play right away. I have great relationship with the coaches, and they were very excited that I decided to go there."
What was the biggest factor in Rowan's decision?
"My relationship [with the coaches] played a big part," he stated. "They've been with me this whole year. They supported me ever since I made it, whether I was coming out in '15 or '16. They were supportive the whole way.
"They came down and saw me play this year and followed me in AAU this summer. I built a great relationship with coach Early and coach Gottfried. It's been a great recruitment in my opinion, and the best fit is there."
Rowan is thrilled with the potential role he could play for the Wolfpack.
"They've always had great guys," he said. "They've had guys in the past with Trevor Lacey and T.J. Warren who I feel like I can go in and do the same thing they did at NC State."
This past season he made his way to Raleigh for an unofficial visit, and it was a game that certainly left an impression.
"I flew up there to see them play Duke," said Rowan. "They beat Duke at home when Duke was highly-rated. That shows what type of team they are. They have a lot of those guys coming back. I just feel it's a great fit."
Although Rowan hasn't had a chance to get to know the current Wolfpack players, he says that he is familiar with the roster. NC State has just nine scholarship players eligible to play with Rowan in the fold.
"I'm very familiar with the current roster," he said. "I don't know any of the guys personally, but I'm very familar with it.
"There are two wing spots open, and I definitely felt I could go in and play right away with those two wing spots open."
Rowan is regarded as one of the top scorers in his class. He averaged 26.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game during his final high school season, but he's not just a scorer. He led two different teams to state titles by contributing in a variety of ways.
"My strengths would probably be putting the ball in the basket," said Rowan. "But, I can do other things too. I can run the floor, I can rebound, I can pass, I can create for others.
"I can play defense too, which other people don't think I can. I can... I'm just an all-around good player."
He likes to compare his game to a current NBA All-Star.
"I'd say Klay Thompson," said Rowan. "He's a great player. He shoots the ball very well. He's a little more athletic than I am, but I think we're very similar."
Rowan added that he's pleased to have the process behind him. He has yet to be cleared by the NCAA, but that won't be a problem... he just gradated on Friday and is now submitting the paperwork. He will be moving to Raleigh on August 15th when he will enroll at NC State.
He believes the pieces are in place to do well this season.
"As a team, if we work hard, the sky is the limit," said Rowan. "I'm going to come in and hopefully I can do my thing, and we can win some games this year. Hopefully we can win a national championship this year.