Former UNC-Asheville guard Andrew Rowsey announced his decision to transfer this week and already has a visit to NC State set up, according to Doug Doughty of The Roanoke Times. Rowsey will have to sit out the 2015-16 season but will have two years of eligibility remaining after that. He's also getting interest from Cincinnati, South Carolina, and Marquette.
Rowsey is undersized at 5-10 but proved himself to be a prolific, efficient scorer with Asheville. He averaged 20.3 points per game as a freshman and 19.3 PPG as a sophomore this past season. In the span of a couple of weeks last November, he dropped 26 points on Wake Forest and 30 on South Carolina. (No wonder the Gamecocks are interested, huh.)
He handled a really heavy workload in both of his seasons with Asheville; the primary drawback to his game, as you might expect of a 5-10 guy, is his poor accuracy inside the arc. But from three-point range, he's been fantastic: 187-478 (39.1%) for his career. He made at least six three-pointers in seven games this past season. He is also an 87.5% free throw shooter.
Rowsey's dad had this to say about the situation they're looking for:
"You want to find a team that has juniors right now," Chris Rowsey said. "When he becomes eligible, you want him to be able to step right in."
NC State looks like it's gonna have plenty of room in the backcourt, assuming of course that next season is Cat Barber's final year in college.
Like Shelton Mitchell, Rowsey wouldn't solve any immediate roster problems for the Wolfpack. He would, however, bring some bona-fide scoring punch to the 2016-17 team, at a time when the backcourt might really need it.