Maverick Rowan has a sophomoric attitude towards 1,000 points.
Rowan is a sophomore at Lincoln Park and will get to 1,000 points faster than just about any player in WPIAL history. A 6-foot-6 guard, Rowan enters tonight's game against Cornell with 996 points. Getting to 1,000 points by your sophomore year is pretty impressive.
Rowan's scoring statistics as a freshman and sophomore compare favorably with former Valley star Tom Pipkins, who graduated in 1993 as the WPIAL's all-time leading scorer with 2,838 points. Pipkins scored his 1,000th point in his 42nd career game as a sophomore. It came during an 80-78 victory against North Catholic when Pipkins scored 47 points.
Rowan (No. 24, pictured playing defense against Central Catholic) will get to 1,000 in his 44th game. By the end of his sophomore season, Pipkins had 1,176 points. Lincoln Park should go far into the playoffs this season, so Rowan could have more points after his sophomore year than Pipkins had. It helped Rowan that Lincoln Park played seven postseason games when he was a freshman. Valley did not make the playoffs when Pipkins was a freshman.
Pipkins went on to play at Duquesne University. Rowan already has committed to Pitt.
Top matchups highlight weekend
There are two basketball events tomorrow and Sunday that feature some top matchups and players.
COACHES VS. CANCER CLASH OF THE TITANS - This six-game event is tomorrow at Geneva College and was put together by Allen Deep, who runs the Roundball Classic. Rowan and his Lincoln Park teammates play Kiski School in one of the interesting games of the event. Kiski School is a prep school in Saltsburg and features 7-footer Satchel Pierce, who already has signed with Marquette.
This event also features Hampton, the No. 2-ranked Class AAAA team, against Central Valley, the No. 2-ranked AAA team. I would imagine Ryan Luther is getting closer to 100 percent healthy. He missed a few games with a sprained ankle. But the question for Hampton coach Joe Lafko is do you use Luther that much in this game that really is meaningless? I'm sure Lafko wants Luther healthy for the playoffs.
The final game of the night is Beaver Falls-New Castle. It is scheduled to start at 9, but with it being the final game of the day, I bet it doesn't get started until 9:30.
Tickets are available at the door.
PITTSBURGH CLASSIC - This is a six-game event at the new Montour gym. It starts at 11 a.m. and the final game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The 2 p.m. game is a battle of unbeatens - Vincentian vs. Obama, the No. 1 team in the City League. This could be a fun game to watch. Vincentian averages over 90 points a game. Obama also likes a fast style and averages over 70.
Another interesting matchup is Lincoln Park vs. Hempfield. It will be the third game in three days for Lincoln Park, the No. 1-ranked team in the state. Hempfield is the Post-Gazette's No. 4 Class AAAA team. Both teams have talented individual players.
Tickets are available at the gate.
So, if you are a high school fan at all and would like to see some top teams and players, head to Geneva or Montour this weekend.