After establishing an early relationship with St. John's (D.C.) point guard Anthony Cowan during his freshman season at Good Counsel last year, Mark Turgeon decided it was time to make him only the second known member of the Class of 2016 with a Maryland offer. Cowan, who plays with DC Assault during the summer, joined Mustapha Heron on that short list Saturday while visiting for the Maryland football game against Old Dominion.
Cowan is regarded as one of the best local prospects in the area, and point guard is expected to be a priority position for Maryland in 2016.
The 5-10 point guard has been on campus in the past, but this was the first time he had a chance to shoot around, check out the weight room, and see Turgeon's office. It was there that Cowan received the good news.
“I was there for a football game and I went up there just to say 'what's up' to Coach Turgeon, and he brought me back to his office with my dad and a couple of other assistant coaches and he was just saying how he thinks I'm such a good point guard, and he thought I could be really good and succeed at Maryland," Cowan said. "He was [telling] me that he thought I was one of the premier point guards in my class and he wanted to offer me a scholarship to Maryland.”
This offer was Cowan's second offer; his first came from Xavier at the same time as his DC Assault teammate, Joe Hampton.
And even though Maryland has made him a priority up to this point, Cowan was still surprised by the offer.
“I was just thankful, it really caught me off guard. I was just so happy about everything," he said.
Cowan enjoyed every minute of Maryland's 47-10 drubbing of Old Dominion, taking special notice of the fan support.
“I loved it. I just enjoy the atmosphere at Maryland," Cowan said. "They're so loud and all the fans are just so kind, whether it's basketball, football, or any other sport."