BALTIMORE—Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. will return to College Park to play his senior season instead of going into the NBA Draft.
The guard, whose decision was announced on May 28, is one of just six players in program history that has 1,300 career points as well as 400 assists and comes back to a team with numerous players returning after making the NCAA Tournament last year.
Cowan is a two-time All-Big Ten guard and has started all 99 games of his career at Maryland. He’s topped the Terps in scoring, assists, minutes and steals in the past two seasons.
So coming back for a fourth season in the Big Ten should only make him a better basketball player with more of a chance of getting some NBA attention.
“I want to thank Coach [Mark] Turgeon for his support and the professional organizations for their feedback as I explored the NBA Draft process,” Cowan said in a statement. “I took the opportunity extremely seriously and gained many things from the experience that will benefit me both on and off the court in the future.”
Turgeon said in a statement also that he felt Cowan was making a good move by coming back to College Park.
“Anthony made a smart decision educating himself about the draft process and gaining feedback necessary to help prepare for the future,” Turgeon said. “He was able to work out for NBA teams and gain insight that will ultimately make him better. Anthony is a competitor who loves this program and wants to leave a legacy in College Park.”
Overall, he now ranks 23rd in program history in career points (1,376), tied for 10th in career assists (437), ninth in career free throws made (407) and 12th in career three-pointers made (150).
LOCAL RUNNER’S SEASON ENDS AT NCAA EAST PRELIMS
Oluchi Ike (C.H. Flowers), a junior who runs for Howard University, just missed the championship round of the NCAAs on May 25 while running in Day Two of the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ike made it to the 400-meter quarterfinals after a strong performance a few days before. This time, she finished 15th overall even though she ran a personal best of 58.14 seconds.
“Oluchi ran a heck of a 400-hurdle race,” Howard Director of Track & Field David Oliver. “She set a new personal best, but sometimes your best just isn’t enough. On this level, where you’re competing with the best in the nation, you’re punished for every small mistake, and it was just a marginal error that cost her in the end.”
Ike had a solid season overall. She won the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and had run a 58.81 to advance tot his round. She finished with one of the fastest non-automatic qualifying times.
“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Oliver said. “Especially coming from where she was at this point last year to where she is right now. She has grown mentally and physically.”
NAVY PITCHER EARNS HONORS
Navy senior pitcher Noah Song was picked a First-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and also got named as a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year award by the College Baseball Foundation, the Academy announced on May 30.
He becomes the first player in Navy history to be named a First-Team All-American and the first pitcher to be selected as a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year.
Song went 11-1 with a 1.44 ERA this season – sixth in the nation – and led the country with 161 strikeouts. He had 15.41 strikeouts per nine innings, the top mark in Division I in 10 years.
The 11 wins are tied for the most in the nation. He also held opposing batters to a .171 batting average and was second in the nation in complete games (6).
Song also was named the 209 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year along with being picked for the First-Team All-Patriot League team for a second straight spring.