Maryland four-star point guard signee Anthony Cowan has been named the Washington Post's All-Met Sports Player of the Year for winter sports, the publication has announced. It's a big honor for the Terps' future backcourt general, who led his St. John's College (Washington) team to its first WCAC title in 16 years during the winter.
Cowan beat out DeMatha guard Markelle Fultz, a five-star guard committed to Washington, and a group of other talented players that has collectively drawn plenty of collegiate interest.
Cowan scored 20.6 points per game for the Cadets, showing significant development in his final high school season. He committed to Maryland back in January 2015, an early pledge that mirrored Melo Trimble's two recruiting classes prior.
What exactly Cowan's role will be on the 2016-17 Terrapins is unclear. It hinges quite a bit on whether Trimble decides to stay in school or leave for the NBA Draft after two seasons at Maryland.
But even if Trimble stays, Cowan is likely to play immediately, perhaps in a two-point guard set that was common among elite teams this past season. (Villanova and North Carolina both used them in the Final Four.)
In a recent interview, Cowan told Testudo Times he was expecting to contribute quickly in College Park, whether Trimble joins him on Maryland's roster or not:
"I think we both can shoot the ball very well. I think I impact the game a little bit more on the defensive end, and I think he's a better finisher around the basket, more than me, just because of how much bigger he is than me right now. But I think our games are so similar. We both got our teammates involved very well, and I think if we were able to do that together, I think it would be hard to stop."
They aren't the same player, exactly, but Cowan is angling to have Trimble-like Maryland success.