ShareThis Page
Gorman: Rowan’s move hurts area hoops |

Gorman: Rowan’s move hurts area hoops

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:45 p.m

Maverick Rowan started classes Monday at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Good for him.

Bad for WPIAL basketball.

Maybe Pitt hoops, too.

Rowan, who led Lincoln Park to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships last spring, would have been the top player in Western Pennsylvania.

Which is exactly why the 6-foot-6 junior shooting guard, left the Midland charter school.

Rowan wasn’t going to face much competition until the PIAA playoffs, and he’d scored 37 points in the state final.

Transferring back to his home district, WPIAL Class AAA champion Central Valley, could have run Rowan the risk of being ruled ineligible by the WPIAL if deemed for athletic intent.

Ranked the No. 43 prospect in the Class of 2016 by, Rowan is the rare Western Pennsylvania product who is on the national (and NBA) radar.

That type of hype gets shoe companies involved, and Rowan’s father, Ron, has been hired as an adidas rep and a Cardinal Gibbons assistant coach.

That could spell trouble for Pitt, a Nike-sponsored school to which Maverick made a verbal commitment in June 2013.

Don’t be naive enough to think that adidas won’t steer him to one of its sponsored programs.

Ron Rowan said Maverick remains committed to the Panthers and that the family has had “ongoing discussions” with Pitt coach Jamie Dixon “that have been very productive.”

That’s positive news, but given that neither of the last two WPIAL stars to pick Pitt as sophomores, Herb Pope and Terrelle Pryor, signed with the Panthers, history isn’t on its side.

Now Maverick Rowan is gone, maybe for good. That’s too bad.

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.