In front of a fleet of the nation's top coaches and against some of the nation's most promising talent, Maryland's 2016 commit Anthony Cowan had a nice showing at the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp on Long Island.
Though he cooled off a bit from last week's breakout showing at the Under Armour All-American Camp, Cowan showed it was no fluke, flashing spurts of greatness.
At just 6-feet tall Cowan proved his size wouldn't stop him from finishing at the rim against several 6-foot-9 and above big men. His quick changes of pace helped him blow by defenders, and his switch-of hands as he approached the basket helped him weave his way around the length of some of the nation's best rim protectors.
"Size doesn't matter, and if you can play... you can play," Cowan said.
He can play for sure, and even when he wasn't scoring himself, he was creating offense for his teammates – something he noted as one of his strengths. He averaged 4.2 assists per game while splitting time as the ball distributor with class of 2017 guard Dwayne Rose Jr. when they were on the court together.
Cowan struggled to shoot consistently, firing a few forced shots, but still shot well at 45.9 percent from the field including 38.5 percent from three-point range and had a pair of 25-point performances.
Drawing contact at the basket, and being the go-to free throw shooter in close games, he also got to the line often. He hit 19 of 26 attempts, and led the camp in both attempts and makes at the stripe.
He's Maryland's only class of 2016 commit thus far, but is playing a recruiting role of his own.
He's searching for big men to join him, but named another guard he hopes to team-up with. "I've definitely been talking to Markelle (Fultz) trying to convince him to stay home." The DeMatha Catholic five-star recruit, who already holds an offer from Maryland, was simultaneously playing in Georgia at the Under Armour Association finals this week, and Coach Mark Turgeon was there watching.
Cowan will now look to further polish his skills in his final year of high school, and living 15 minutes away from Maryland's campus in College Park and talking to Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley, he has mentors close-by to acclimate him to the college basketball environment.