Rowan Hears From Roy Williams

A North Carolina assistant recently flew to Florida to evaluate Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons standout Maverick Rowan. On Sunday, North Carolina ramped up its interest in the junior scorer.

“I just got off the phone with Roy Williams,” Rowan said late Sunday night. “He is coming down Wednesday to see me play.”

Rowan, who already holds scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Louisville, UCLA, Florida, Gonzaga, UNLV, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Miami, Penn State and Florida State, said the Tar Heels are “pretty interested.”

“Hubert Davis came down to my game last week or two weeks ago,” he said. “I can’t remember, but he seemed to really like me.”

“Coach Williams wants to come down and see me play,” he added. “It’s pretty cool because they have such a great program, and history with Michael [Jordan] going there and Jerry Stackhouse. They’ve always been good.”

What is Rowan’s take on the Tar Heels?

“I think they are great,” he said. “They have a great coach. Roy’s a great coach. I’m really starting to like Hubert Davis and I’ve always liked North Carolina and the school. I mean who doesn’t, outside of Duke fans?”

In June of 2013, Rowan made an early commitment to Pittsburgh. But this past September, shortly after Rowan moved from the Pittsburgh area to Florida, he opted to open his recruitment.

“My recruiting is going great,” he said. “I don’t feel any pressure. I’m relaxed about it.”

With scholarship offers from over a dozen high major programs, plus interest from the Tar Heels, Michigan and Kansas, Rowan has started to get a feel for who is prioritizing him. He singled out three schools that have made him a priority.

“Definitely Wisconsin, Louisville and N.C. State have been recruiting me the hardest,” Rowan said.

“They are just coming down to see me,” he added. “It shows how much they care because of how much they’ve been coming down.”

On the court, Rowan, a 6-foot-6 -- pushing 6-7 -- perimeter player, has a reputation as a very good long range shooter. While he’s certainly a talented marksman from three, he has made improvements to his game off the dribble.

“I’ve been playing pretty well,” Rowan said. “Our season is going great. It’s nice to come down to a pretty good program and do well.”

“If I’m rolling, anything falls,” Rowan added. “The three balls, one dribble pull-ups, driving to the hoop, fadeaways, step backs, just everything. My teammates get me the ball when I’m hot. We play really well together.”

Rowan, who ranks No. 44 overall in the 2016 class by Scout.com, is currently averaging 29.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and four assists a game.


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