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Maverick Rowan leaving NC State, pursuing pro career

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See ya, Goose.

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NC State sophomore Maverick Rowan will enter the NBA draft, though it’s most likely he will go undrafted and follow his father’s footsteps to a career overseas. Though there has been no indication that Rowan has hired an agent, leaving the door open to transferring rather than pursuing pay for play, he stated on his twitter account that “transferring was never considered.”

Though he was slowed in the early going by a concussion, Rowan made great strides in efficiency in his sophomore campaign. He upped his true shooting percentage from .496 to .562 and his eFG% from .464 to .536 while making incremental gains in rebounding, assist, and steal percentages. He led the team by making 85% of his free throws. Still, his 14.1 player efficiency rating was just sixth among players who received regular minutes.

Rowan scored in double figures in 16 of his 25 games, including a career-high 31 in an overtime loss to Syracuse. His streaky shooting made him a threat to post big numbers on any particular evening, but he was never much of a facilitator. He didn’t record a single assist in 29 of his 58 career contests and never logged more than four in a game.

As it stands, as few as seven scholarship players with experience remain on the roster new NC State coach Kevin Keatts inherits: Abdul Malik-Abu, Lennard Freeman, Torin Dorn, Darius Hicks, Markell Johnson, Shaun Kirk, and Ted Kapita. Freeman may not be able to perform up to his previous level due to injury, and any of the above could potentially follow Rowan out the door.

The roster could be bolstered by the return of Omer Yurtseven, who is testing the NBA waters but has not definitively announced his intentions. Terry Henderson could also receive a sixth year of eligibility if his petition of the NCAA is successful.

Keatts did score a commitment from Lavar Batts, the top point guard in North Carolina and a top 100 recruit overall. Former UNC-Wilmington commit Evan Cole is visiting this weekend along with graduate transfer Al Freeman, so a roster situation that suddenly looks bleak could add depth in a hurry.