Editor’s note: Unfortunately, the gym was incredibly loud and the audio cut out on a few questions about Mark Turgeon. But the general gist was that he really enjoys the staff. Sorry!
TerrapinStationMD was at Dematha over the weekend watching a lot of elite prospects play against one another at the Nike Hoops Festival, among them was Anthony Cowan of St. John’s (Washigton, D.C.). Cowan, a 6-foot point guard for the class of 2016, has garnered a lot of attention from the Terrapins staff. On Saturday, he finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals over his twenty minutes of play in a win against Terp commit Dion Wiley’s Potomac team.
I got a chance to briefly pick Cowan’s brain on the Terps and his continued improvement as a player:
Cowan’s thoughts on Maryland and what he thinks about the school:
“Of course. I love Maryland. I’m always up there at the Maryland campus working out, trying to do stuff to get better up at Maryland. I haven’t gotten up to a game yet because of [St. John's High School basketball] but I love the Maryland campus.”
On potentially playing with Terps commit Dion Wiley:
“I love playing with him. Dion is the type of guy that, you know, he’s going to score, he’s going to do great stuff for the team. He’s easy to play with, you just give him the ball. He likes to shoot and he’s going to shoot. I think I would play real well with him.”
On Mark Turgeon and the program’s development:
“I love Mark Turgeon and the staff. I like the way he lets his guys play.”
Unfortunately, the audio cut out towards the end, but to paraphrase Cowan without inaccurately describing his answers, he was very optimistic about Maryland’s future. Cowan acknowledged that the team had not won a ton lately, but that they were doing some very nice things in the short term to rebuild the program back to becoming a national power. He also liked the direction the team was heading in for the future, and thinks Mark Turgeon is a great coach.
As a player, Cowan is a very sound point guard who has shown the ability to both manage an offense and contribute offensively at a great level for his age. Whenever Cowan was on the court for St. John’s, the team moved the ball considerably better. He’s also a very competent defender with quick hands. His size right now (he’s listed generously at 6 feet tall) is the biggest thing holding him back, but his upside is very high. Cowan’s ball handling would be a boon for the Terrapins in 2016, even with the guards already on the roster. He makes players around him better overall, and was a major reason why the Cadets blew out a solid Potomac team.
We’d like to thank Anthony Cowan for speaking with us over the weekend and wish him the best of luck!