Cowels Starts Looking at Schools

Raymond Cowels III has accumulated interest and scholarship offers from a wide variety of programs in several different conferences, including the Big Ten, Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley Conference, Ivy League, Colonial, Horizon, Summit League and Patriot League. Now he's going to start looking around.

A strong 6-foot-4 shooting guard who is entering his senior year at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Cowels claims offers from Saint Louis, Northwestern, George Mason, Loyola-Chicago, Drake, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and North Dakota State. He also has interest from Ivy League schools like Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Penn as well as Patriot League program like Bucknell and Lehigh.

"Right now I'm kind of approaching it with an open mind in regards to I can go to pretty much any school," Cowels said. "I pride myself on education. I'm not going to college for basketball; I'm going for education. That plays a big part of how I look at schools."

Cowels, who averaged 17 points per game as a junior and has a grade-point average around 3.7, is looking to major in business.

"I think I want to do something like financial planning," he said. "Obviously I want to go to a school with a top-notch business school to help me do that."

With his offers and interested schools, Cowels should be able to find what he is looking for.

"All the schools that have offered me, especially George Mason and Saint Louis and pretty much all of them, they have good business programs and good academic programs," he said. "Even North Dakota State and Loyola, they have smaller classes so I can get more academic attention."

This past weekend, Cowels made an unofficial visit to Saint Louis on Friday and then participated in the SLU Elite Camp on Saturday. He came away impressed with the Billikens program, the school and the campus.

"I thought it was very nice, very state of the art and up to date," Cowels said. "I liked the campus. I enjoyed it. They had nice facilities. For me, I don't want to be in a big campus with a bunch of students and not get as much academic attention like I would at a smaller school."

Cowels said the visit to Saint Louis was his first to the schools that he is currently considering, but it won't be his last. He plans to use trips to camps later this month at Northwestern and Iowa to also check out nearby schools like Loyola-Chicago and Drake.

It sounds like Cowels could be in for a long summer of trying to check out all of the schools that have been checking him out, but the Minnesota native doesn't seem to mind.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said.

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