Maverick Rowan scored more than 1,000 points in his freshman and sophomore years at Lincoln Park before leaving for a school in Florida last year.
Next season, Rowan might be playing at Lincoln Park again.
Rowan is considering coming back to play his senior season at Lincoln Park, a charter school in Beaver County that plays in the WPIAL. He played this past season at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and helped the team win a state championship. But it seems likely that Rowan will leave Cardinal Gibbons. (Rowan is pictured as a sophomore at Lincoln Park in the PIAA Class A championship game).
Rowan's father, Ron, said this morning that his son is considering three options: stay at Cardinal Gibbons his final year, come back to Lincoln Park or graduate early and go to college. He has a number of scholarship options from big-time programs and his father said colleges have said they would find a place for his son if he decided to graduate early. That would mean those schools would find a scholarship for him in the 2015-16 season.
Some of the schools that Rowan likes are Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Pitt and West Virginia. Rowan is a 6-foot-7 guard who is rated the No. 42 player in the country by Rivals.com. Louisville is recruiting him hard and would like Rowan to join the team for the 2015-16 season.
"Nothing is definite yet. We just have to make a decision," said Ron Rowan. "I found a place he can graduate from. He can take the two classes he needs.
"If he decides he wants to go to college [this fall], then that's a decision that needs to be within the next 10 days, because he will have to start summer school right after school ends [at Cardinal Gibbons]. If he doesn't go to college, then there is a little bit of time to make a decision."
Ron Rowan moved his entire family to Florida when his son transferred to Cardinal Gibbons. But the family never sold their house. The Rowans lived in the Central Valley School District.
"We never sold the house and I just can't keep having two places," said Ron Rowan.
Ron Rowan said if the family moves back, Maverick would definitely attend Lincoln Park and not Central Valley. Ron Rowan said last fall one of the reasons his son transferred to Cardinal Gibbons was to get more competition. If the family moved back, why not go to Central Valley? Yes, Lincoln Park's program has had plenty of success and the Leopards do play a good non-section schedule. But Lincoln Park plays in Class AA. Central Valley plays in Class AAA. Central Valley's section has Beaver Falls and New Castle, who are both expected to be strong next year. Class AAA in the WPIAL is expected to be strong overall next year.
Rowan didn't indicate one way or another what Maverick might do. But if I were a betting man, I'd say he will be at Lincoln Park next season. That is just a hunch.
"Nothing definite has been decided," said Ron Rowan.
At Lincoln Park, Rowan scored 1,482 points as a freshman and sophomore and was named to the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 as a sophomore. He averaged 26.3 points that year and helped Lincoln Park win WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships.