The New Maryland Basketball Star Point Guard Anthony Cowan Jr.

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Anthony Cowan
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Anthony Cowan /

Maryland basketball sophomore Anthony Cowan Jr. is doing a remarkable job of taking the place of former Maryland point guard Melo Trimble.

Maryland basketball may have another star point guard on their hands in Anthony Cowan Jr., who is averaging 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as a sophomore.

In fact, he’s arguably the most valuable player on the Maryland basketball roster that includes NBA hopefuls, Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter. But the question with every rising star is, “Can Cowan remain this good for the rest of this season?”

Just so everyone’s caught up, before Maryland, Cowan was a four-star recruit and the No. 46 nationally ranked player in the 2016 recruiting class, per

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Furthermore, overshadowed by Melo Trimble in his freshman season, Cowan finished No. 8 all-time on the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball freshman single-season assist record and started all 33 games as a freshman.

But Cowan is posting career highs in almost every major statistical category and leads the team in points, assists, steals, free throw percentage (86.4), minutes played (34.8), and field goal attempts (9.5).

Even more, Cowan has already smashed his old career-high of 19 points four times through 13 games this season.

His notable performances this season include:

  • 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists vs. Butler (Nov. 15)
  • 20 points, six rebounds, five assists vs. Purdue (Dec. 1)
  • 27 points, six assists vs. Illinois (Dec. 3)
  • 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals vs. Catholic (Dec. 12)

For example, here’s footage of his Dec. 3  game-winning performance, where he hit the game-winning free throw to propel the Terps ahead of Illinois for the overtime victory.

With Melo Trimble out of the picture, Cowan has taken over more of a leadership role and captain of the Maryland offense. Not to mention, the former St. John’s College High School star is top 10 in the entire country for free throws made with 76 and first among Big Ten players with 453 minutes played.

Most noteworthy, Cowan has shown up to play in the two Big Ten matchups thus far against Purdue and Illinois. Maryland resumes their Big Ten Conference schedule as 2018 begins with a home matchup against Penn State on Jan. 2.

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However, just two days later, the Terps travel to play No. 2 Michigan State in a telling matchup. Will Cowan continues his stellar play as the Terps gear up for conference play and into March?