Looking to 2014: Paul Rowley
Recruiting never stops. Yesterday the news broke that 2013 point guard Marquise Moore had verballed to George Mason, and that 2013 power forward Julian Royal was coming for his visit this weekend. You would think with all that activity, the staff might need to take a break, but there are no breaks in recruiting.
Yesterday the staff welcomed Paul Rowley to campus. Rowley is a 2014 6’7 forward from nearby Loudoun Valley High School. Rowley plays for AAU basketball for Virginia Elite. While on campus, the staff broke the good news to Rowley that they were offering him a scholarship for 2014.
Rowley averaged 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Vikings last year. While those numbers are impressive, his GPA numbers might even be more impressive. Rowley has a 4.42 GPA and is currently ranked second in his class. With scores like that, it’s no surprise that schools for the Ivy League are knocking down his door. Rowley has high interest from Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, and Cornell.Â AccordingÂ to an article posted on DMVElite.com, Rowley is looking for a nice balance between basketball and academics.
â€śI definitely want to go somewhere that sets me up for later in life, but I also want to go somewhere with a competitive basketball program, â€™cause my guess is Iâ€™m not going to do too much outside of basketball in college, and Iâ€™ve got to make sure Iâ€™m happy there.â€ť
It’s tough to say where Rowley might play at the next level. While he has the height to play the four, he also has the shooting touch to stay out around the perimeter. This is the type of player Paul Hewitt loves, so it’s notÂ surprisingÂ that Mason recently offered. Rowley will be a tough player to defend, and if he can build more muscle on his 6’7 frame, he could be dominant on the glass in the A10.
Rowley doesn’t have a time table set to make a decision, but fans will be able to follow his progress as his recruitment continues. Last year, his family startedÂ http://www.paulrowley.net/, a website dedicated to his basketball recruitment. With stats, video, and articles updateÂ frequentlyÂ he’ll be easy to track next season. Of couse, with Rowley playing in George Mason’s backyard, it might be worth while to watch him in action next winter.
(photo from paulrowley.net)