Pitt has a new basketball recruit, but you won't see him in a Panthers uniform for three years.
Maverick Rowan, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Lincoln Park in the WPIAL, has made a verbal commitment to Pitt. He is only a freshman at Lincoln Park, a charter school in Midland (Beaver County). Pitt offered him a scholarship Friday and Rowan accepted this weekend.
Rowan, who will turn 17 in July, was one of only 26 players in the country named to the MaxPreps.com freshman All-American team. Rowan is an excellent shooter, making seven 3-pointers in one game this season and averaging three 3-pointers a game. He was the third-leading scorer in the WPIAL in the regular season, averaging 22.6 points.
Mike Bariski, Lincoln Park's athletic director, said Pitt, Ohio State and North Carolina, among others, were already showing interest in Rowan.
"He's 6-6 and he can really shoot. That's what people like about him," Bariski said.
Rowan's father, Ron, was a star at Beaver Falls in the early 1980s who played at Notre Dame, St. John's and played seven games with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers before a long and successful career overseas.