Earlier this summer, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said he was worried about his team’s short bench and 3-point shooting. The Wolfpack got help on both fronts on Sunday with the commitment of Maverick Rowan.
Rowan, a 6-7, 180-pound small forward, ended a summer of speculation by making his announcement on Twitter. Rowan, one of the best high school shooters in the country, reclassified to the class of 2015 and will be eligible to play for N.C. State this season.
With the April departures of guard Trevor Lacey and forward Kyle Washington, N.C. State’s rotation had been shortened to just seven scholarship players. Since then, Gottfried and his staff have been able to add freshman wing Shaun Kirk and Rowan unusually late in the recruiting process.
Rowan, ranked as the No. 37 prospect in the class by Scout.com, gives N.C. State another strong outside shooting option to go with West Virginia transfer Terry Henderson. A volume scorer in high school, Rowan should help offset the loss of Lacey and senior Ralston Turner, who led the team with 94 3-pointers last season.
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St. John’s, where’s Rowan’s father played in the 1980s, and Louisville had also been pursuing Rowan, who took summer school classes to move up to the class of 2015. Rowan played three years of high school basketball, the first two at Lincoln Park High in Midland, Pa. where he piled up 1,482 points and led his team to a state title.
Last year, Rowan’s family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where he led Cardinal Gibbons to a state title and averaged 28 points per game.