InsideMDSports: Terps in early on Good Counsel point guard

January 08, 2013|By Jeff Ermann | Special to The Baltimore Sun

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It’s been a while since Maryland basketball recruited a player from Good Counsel in Olney – the Terps signed Falcons forward James Gist in 2003 – but that appears to be changing in the form of Anthony Cowan.

Just a freshman, Cowan’s already attracting the attention of high-major recruiters. Though Good Counsel coach Blair Mills said it’s too early to go in-depth on Cowan’s suitors and recruitment, he told that Maryland has been expressing interest in the 5-foot-11 point guard.

The Terps have been out to scout Cowan, also a rising star in the D.C. Assault AAU program.

“Maryland has been in contact and they’ve expressed the fact that they’re going to continue to watch him for his time in high school. They’ve definitely expressed that they want to be in the mix,” Mills said.

Cowan, who’s averaging around 10 points, three assists and three steals, is a versatile young guard from Bowie who was highly sought by top local high school programs.

“We just recruited the kid. He liked Good Counsel and wanted to be a part of building something as opposed to coming into something that was already built. We’re definitely excited about him,” he said. “He’s a pure, athletic point guard. He’s a great on-ball defender and he’s definitely confident with the ball in his hands. He needs to continue to work on his game, but he’s a great kid and his work ethic is really good.

“He’s a slasher, but he’s a point guard. He’s doing a better job distributing. I think his potential is pretty much unlimited. He can score the ball. He does a good job of facilitating is that’s what needs to happen. He’s got to continue to improve his jumpshot and his game. But for a young kid, he’s savvy. You just don’t see many kids like that at his age.”

Though it’s early in the game, the Terps staff has made it clear they’ll be keeping close tabs on Cowan. He’s clearly one young local prospect to keep an eye on down the road.

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