St. John’s guard Anthony Cowan draws interest on hoops recruiting circuit

Not only did Anthony Cowan transfer schools prior to his sophomore season, going from Good Counsel to WCAC rival St. John’s, but the talented guard also switched roles.

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After averaging 8.8 points as starting point guard at Good Counsel, Cowan served as the sixth man for the deeply talented Cadets, who boasted five starters committed to play Division I basketball. The experience taught Cowan a great deal and positioned him for his current standing as one of the area’s top junior guards, garnering high recruiting interest and several offers, with the most recent coming from Florida State.

“I learned a lot from everybody on the team and just going to practice made me a better player,” Cowan said. “It made it a lot easier going against some of the top guards in the area during the season and now in AAU because I was being challenged by my teammates in practice every day.”

St. John's sophomore guard Anthony Cowan (0), already holds offers from Maryland and Florida State and is likely to receive more as play and recruitment heat up on the AAU circuit (Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post).
St. John’s sophomore guard Anthony Cowan already holds offers from Maryland and Florida State and is likely to receive more as play and recruitment heat up on the AAU circuit (Doug Kapustin/The Washington Post).

In his first year with D.C. Thunder’s AAU team, Cowan has displayed sound court vision, a consistent outside shot and strong ability off the dribble to get into the paint for points or assists. He was especially impressive at the recent DMVelite Super Showcase at Bowie, demonstrating a knack for hitting the open shot and attacking the basket while playing against strong AAU opponents, such as Team Takeoever and the D.C. Blue Devils. Along with his offer from Florida State, Cowan has also been offered by Maryland, Xavier and DePaul.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound guard hopes to use this summer to get stronger, improve his ball handling and boost his leadership skills in anticipation for next season, when he will be St. John’s top player among a squad that graduated all five of its starters. But even while Cowan’s scoring average of 7.9 points per game from this past winter is likely to rise as a junior, his biggest focus is on how to make those around him better.

“I’m all about winning and being the best leader as possible,” Cowan said. “I want to be able to distribute the ball and score the ball and do whatever it takes to make sure our team is in a place to succeed and win a championship.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 10
Consecutive WCAC softball championships won by O’Connell before being dethroned Monday by St. Mary’s Ryken, which won this year’s title game, 5-2, behind the pitching of Madison Aughinbaugh.

BREAKFAST LINKS
-Gonzaga’s boys’ lacrosse team captured its fifth straight WCAC crown with a 16-6 win against St. John’s.

-Bishop Ireton downed Good Counsel, 17-7, to win its first-ever WCAC girls’ lacrosse title.

-Ashley Flesch struck out 13 batters to lead No. 3 Lake Braddock past rival and second-ranked South County, 4-0, in Virginia Conference 7 softball action.

-After having several matches postponed by Saturday’s rain, Leonardtown clinched its fourth straight SMAC tennis title on Monday.

-Over the weekend, former Centreville High and UVa. standout offensive lineman Luke Bowanko was selected in the sixth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars while 2009 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year and former River Hill star Michael Camparano was chosen in the seventh round by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft.

PHOTO GALLERY OF THE DAY
Check out these pictures from Gonzaga’s run to its fifth straight WCAC boys’ lacrosse title on Monday.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
Girls’ soccer: No. 4 Broad Run at No. 7 Stone Bridge, 5:30 p.m.
A chance to pull ahead in the tightly contested Conference 14 standings will be on the line as these crosstown rivals take the field Tuesday in Ashburn.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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