Maverick Rowan will be in Italy next week playing basketball against some top-notch competition.
Rowan is the star sophomore guard at Lincoln Park who already has accepted a scholarship to Pitt. Rowan, a 6-foot-7 guard who led Lincoln Park to a PIAA Class A championship, has been selected to play for the U.S. team that will participate in the adidas EUROCAMP in Treviso, Italy June 7-9.
It is a huge honor for Rowan (pictured). The team includes top sophomore and junior high school players in the country. Included on the team are five juniors and five sophomores. Among the top juniors are Carlton Bragg, rivals.com's No. 10 junior in the country. Other juniors are Dante Hales (No. 11) and Brandon Ingram (No. 24). Among the sophomores are 7-footer Thon Maker (No. 3 in the country), Dennis Smith (No. 16), De'Ron Davis (No. 23) and Kobi Simmons (No. 28).
The team will play against top international players who are eligible for this year's NBA draft. The EUROCAMP is the only NBA-sanctioned pre-draft camp sanctioned by the NBA that is held outside the U.S.
"It's a very big deal," said Rowan. "Basically, we go over there and plays kids overseas who are training for the draft."
Rowan has played AAU basketball this spring with the Ohio Basketball Club. The team has played in a series of tournaments called the "adidas Gauntlet." Seeing statistics from a number of his games, Rowan appears to be playing very well.
"I think I've been playing pretty well," said Rowan. "I've been getting better and getting stronger. My upper body is getting stronger."
Rowan leaves Wednesday for Atlanta for practices with the U.S. team. The EUROCAMP team will be coached by former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse.
This is the 12th year for the EUROCAMP and 70 first- or second-round NBA draft picks have participated in past years, including Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder.