The Wolfpacker

November 2015 Issue

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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48 ■ THE WOLFPACKER 2015-16 WOLFPACK BASKETBALL PREVIEW a state championship there. For me, that tells me something about him." Rowan played during the spring with Ohio Basketball Club on the adidas cir- cuit and eventually joined Each 1 Teach 1, which is part of the Nike Elite Youth Bas- ketball League. His jumper got tested in a variety of events, but he wants to be known as more than just a shooter. "I try to not be a one-dimensional player," Rowan said. "I try to go off the dribble, make a couple of moves and get to the hoop if I can, or create other plays for my teammates." Rowan shot an impressive 7 of 11 in five games with the Ohio Basketball Club in April, and shot 40.6 percent from beyond the arc (26 of 64) and averaged 19.2 points per game with Each 1 Teach 1. He capped his traveling team career at Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., where he averaged 13.7 points per game and shot 9 of 30 (30 percent) from three- point land. Rowan also participated in the Nike Global Games in July and scored 28 points to help the South team win the title July 18 in Chicago. He averaged 15.5 points and three rebounds in the last four games, and shot 32.7 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from three-point land. Rowan picked NC State a few weeks later Aug. 2 over St. John's, Louisville, West Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and UCLA. "I think he has great tools," Gottfried said. "He's a very good scorer and a good shooter, and he has a chip on his shoulder, a little edge to him. I like that about him. He's very confident." Rowan knows attending NC State was the right decision for him. "I didn't want to go to a team where there were 14 other guys, or they already had the team set," he explained. "I'd just be another body. I can be a big piece of the puzzle here, hopefully win a lot of games and make a good run." Henderson is excited to see Rowan drain shots in the No. 24 jersey, which has been very prominent in NCSU lore — John Rich- ter, Tommy Burleson, Tom Gugliotta, Terry Gannon, Julius Hodge and Tony Warren (both father and son) have all worn No. 24. "Maverick is a great shooter," Hender- son said. "To be young, he has great form. He really takes pride in his jump shot." ■ "I think that we have good shooters, they just haven't done it yet." ■ Head coach Mark Gottfried In two years at West Virginia, Henderson averaged 9.8 points per game and made 89 three- pointers on 38.7 percent shooting (89-230) from behind the arc. PHOTO BY DALE SPARKS

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