Class of 2015 four-star wing Maverick Rowan, out of Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons High School, has finally made his decision and committed to North Carolina State. Scott Phillips of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported Rowan’s commitment.
Rowan had been committed to Pittsburgh initially and was not set to start college until next year, but chose to take summer classes and reclassify to 2015, de-committing from the Panthers in the process. On top of N.C. State, he was considering St. John’s, Louisville and West Virginia.
Rowan also took to Twitter to announce his decision.
Though Rowan is best known as a deadly shooter, he has upped his versatility in the scoring department and could be an excellent fit in Gottfried’s slow-paced isolation game that greatly deviates from most of the ACC’s usual run-and-gun style. Such a system has earned Gottfried a 92-52 (39-31 ACC) mark in four seasons in Raleigh, with four straight NCAA Tournament berths and two trips to the Sweet Sixteen over that stretch. This past tourney, his No. 8 Wolfpack upset No. 1 Villanova in the Round of 32 to clinch a spot in the Sweet Sixteen against Louisville.
Now that Rowan is on the team, N.C. State is in a position to pick up right where it left off last season despite leading scorer Trevor Lacey opting to turn professional. Rowan may be young, but he can easily step into Lacey’s role so long as he stays committed to creating offense everywhere on the court and not just being a shooter.
No matter how you look at it, N.C. State is officially a team to watch in 2015-16.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette