Maverick Rowan finished his classwork on Friday, and committed to NC State this morning. Rowan is the #37 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class according to Scout. I caught up with the sharp shooter this afternoon to get his take on the decision.
Ultimately Rowan’s decision came down to his relationship with the NC State coaching staff. According to him, it was their loyalty that won the day.
The recruiting process and reclassifying process have been long and taxing, and he’s excited to have this off his chest. Rowan will arrive on campus when all of the other students arrive in a couple of weeks, and he can’t wait to get down here and get started.
Maverick plans on wearing the #24, and I took the opportunity to introduce him to the NC State legends that wore that number. A couple of guys named Tommy Burleson, Terry Gannon, Tom Gugliotta, Julius Hodge, and T.J. Warren wore it as well.
Wear it well Maverick. Wear it well.
4-Star SF Jahki Howard Takes an Unofficial Visit to NC State
4-Star 2024 Small Forward Jahki Howard (6’7″/180) took an Unofficial Visit to NC State yesterday alongside 4-Star Shooting Guard Paul McNeil, who verbally committed to run with the Wolfpack yesterday.
🐺🐺nation ? Unofficial visit❤️🤍 #notcommitted pic.twitter.com/NxNncnptkm
— Jahki Howard (@showtime_ki) February 20, 2023
Howard is ranked as the #51 overall player nationally in the 2024 class by Rivals, and the #4 player in the state of Georgia according to ESPN. Howard plays for Overtime Elite in Atlanta, where 2023 NC State signee Trey Parker plays.
He also holds offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Providence, Auburn, Rutgers, Illinois, Texas A&M, Mississippi St, Wake Forest, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Arizona St, Kansas, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and others.
As far as I can tell, Howard doesn’t hold an offer from NC State at this point.
Jahki Howard earns Player of the Week honors after a big performance vs. Hillcrest dropping 25 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST 🚀 @showtime_ki pic.twitter.com/yPD5psrm2m
— Overtime Elite (@OvertimeElite) November 29, 2022
4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil Commits to NC State!
What a day! 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil (6’6″/185) wrapped up his Official Visit to NC State today by committing to run with the Wolfpack, after watching them defeat their rival UNC in PNC Arena.
@PackMensBball #Committed🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/AiSg5h2wCg
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) February 19, 2023
McNeil is the #17 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class according to ESPN, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
In 2022-23, McNeil is averaging 23.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game for Richmond High School. Last year, he became the first ever Sophomore to win the Gatorade Player of the Year Award in the state of North Carolina.
McNeil also held offers from Clemson, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Georgetown, St. John’s, LSU, Virginia Tech, Missouri, and others.
Top-25 2024 SG Paul McNeil is Taking an Official Visit to NC State Next Weekend
2024 4-Star Shooting Guard Paul McNeil (6’6″/185) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State next weekend.
I’m grateful to announce I will be taking an official visit to North Carolina State University this upcoming weekend. This is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to spending time with Coach Keatts and the program. @PackMensBball @NCStateRivals
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) February 12, 2023
ESPN ranks McNeil as the #17 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. I don’t understand how recruiting databases work, but at some point this year he will be a 5-star player according to ESPN as long as he stays in the Top-25.
McNeil plays for Richmond Senior in Rockingham, North Carolina.
This is huge for NC State to get a player of McNeil’s caliber to come in for an Official Visit this early in the process.
@ProlificPrep @thegrindsession pic.twitter.com/i7mfsLZ4jN
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) November 14, 2022
4-Star G Austin Swartz Picks Up an Offer from NC State on Visit
4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Austin Swartz (6’5″/180) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday, and he left with a scholarship offer.
2024 Cannon (NC) guard Austin Swartz will be on unofficial to NC State tonight as the Pack host Duke.
— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) January 4, 2023
I am blessed to receive an Offer from NC State🖤❤️ pic.twitter.com/CePMaPQPz7
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) January 5, 2023
Swartz plays for Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina. ON3 ranks him as the #65 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #7 player in the state of North Carolina.
He already holds offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Houston and others.
Beginning of Junior Season pic.twitter.com/6BiDwYaNDU
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) December 5, 2022
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turbopack Well, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves 🙂 I’ll wait until those guys sign on the dotted line before including them in our lineups. But I really feel that the twins will make a huge leap this season. What I would like to see is a more balanced perimeter game that’s not designed around one player getting hot. With the twins, Hendo, Rowan, and Cat this team should have several guys that can hit the 3. We just need good ball movement and good passing out of the post to capitalize on the shooters. That will make… Read more »
Your absolutely right the problem of getting them enough time will be bigger next year when we bring in bam and dsj….that’s two must starters injected in. I got a feeling the twins will not want to be a focus for us and we’ll only be able to give them about 20 mins or so. I pray they stay though!
I remember just a few months ago thinking how awful of a recruiting year 2015-2016 was going to be and then right near the end of the recruiting season we add the Maverick to a recruiting class that includes Shaun Kirk and transfer Torin Dorn.
I mean this staff really put together a nice group of kids in the end. Next season, get that 7 footer and a PG.
turbopack I was with you until the twins transfer talk. Their play this season will tell the tale but I feel like the twins will be 4 year guys and the heart of this Wolfpack team. I absolutely love their intensity and energy. I really hope lil Corch gets a few minutes a game at backup PG. Just enough to gain some game time experience and to spell Cat for a few. Gott needs to do a better job with the minutes for the 2/3 positions this season. We have the twins, Hendo, Rowan, and Kirk. How is Gott going… Read more »
Future great #24! Big pick up.
I see what your saying but remember people were saying the same thing about us when we lost wood, lorenzo, howell, and leslie…we were better the following year with freshman and TJ. Then we heard the same thing last year when we lost TJ. We were better last year with lacey (who was no where as good as TJ). Now we’re hearing the same thing but we will have a far more experienced team than the last three years and with more overall talent.
I agree…he maybe better off the screen or isolated as SG.
The pack will be better this year and here’s why: Rowan is a better scorer than lacey (not saying he can create or will be as clutch but given similar minutes his superior shooting/size will yield more points), the added 20-25 mins of either of the Martin twins drastically boost our team defense (a lineup of abu, anya, cat, and both Martin’s is arguably the best defensive 5 in the league), Hendon is better defensively equal in shooting skill and more athletic scorer than ralston, team maturity is questionable since ralston and lacey left but to compare last year and… Read more »
I like this kid. He’s almost like the white TJ Warren the way he scores from the FT line to the basket. Maybe Gott will run this kid high post.
If this guy is as good as most say he is, then maybe this team will move from sucking to having a chance the last week of the 2015-2016 season again. Constant bubble team.