The Maverick Rowan recruiting ship, which has been predicted to hit land for what seems like every week since 2013, appears to have officially sailed. The 6'7 sharp-shooter who plans on reclassifying to 2015 listed his final three schools Monday evening, and Louisville is not among that group.
"I've just recently met Chris Mullin," he said. "He's a great guy and I play the same position he did. If I go there he could help me improve myself to help me become a pro. Then Slice, I've known him for a couple years. But I haven't really been in contact until he came to St. John's."
The next step in Rowan's recruiting process is to take two more visits.
"I got to take my last two visits to Wisconsin and N.C. State and hopefully I make my decision sometime in August after I finish my courses," Rowan said.
Rowan has previously taken an official visit to Louisville. North Carolina, UCLA and others have also been involved in his recruitment. But Rowan tells Scout he's down to N.C. State, St. John's and Wisconsin.
"It's pretty much down to those three," Rowan said.
John said on our show last week that a source close to the program had told him that U of L had stopped recruiting Rowan. That news coincided with a report that Rowan would be taking an official visit to St. John's, and would not be announcing his college decision until the end of the summer.
I suppose there is a little bit of wiggle room in Rowan's comments, but still, the writing has seemed to be on the wall for some time now ...
The Swoosh pic.twitter.com/ECieVJWeJc— Maverick Rowan (@maverickrowan) June 27, 2015
This news would have been fairly shocking a few months ago, but not today. For the last couple of weeks or so it's seemed more and more likely that Louisville will shelve the one available scholarship it has for the 2015-16 roster, and use it on one of the many talented players the staff is in good with from the class of 2016.
Of course it is recruiting, so there's always a chance that something out of left field is going to go down between now and the time the squad leaves for Puerto Rico on Aug. 10.