Friday, September 07, 2012
Big South champ nets Timesland hotshot
Rockbridge County basketball star Andrew Rowsey commits to play for UNC Asheville.
The Roanoke Times | File February
Rockbridge County's Andrew Rowsey has been Timesland's player of the year the past two seasons. He averaged 28.6 points a game last season.
The Roanoke Times | File January
Andrew Rowsey led Rockbridge County to a 25-3 record and a berth in the Group AA Division 3 semifinals last season.
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Rockbridge County basketball star Andrew Rowsey, who set a VHSL single-season scoring record for Group AA players in 2011-12, has given an oral commitment to play at UNC Asheville.
Rowsey said Thursday that he picked UNC Asheville - which won the Big South Conference championship last winter - over offers from High Point and Richmond.
The 5-foot-11 Rowsey said the Bulldogs recruited him to play the point guard and shooting guard positions.
Rockbridge County coach Darrell Plogger said Rowsey first visited the Asheville campus while he was in western North Carolina checking on a possibility of spending his senior year of high school at nearby Christ School in Arden, N.C.
Plogger said he thinks UNC Asheville is a good fit for Rowsey, who scored 802 points as a junior in leading Rockbridge County to a 25-3 record and a berth in the Group AA Division3 semifinals.
"I think he's liked that all along," Plogger said. "I'm happy for him. I think that's where he wanted to be."
Plogger said the proximity of the Big South schools to Lexington might have been a factor in Rowsey's decision.
"He'll get to play in Lexington at least once every year against VMI, and most of the other schools are pretty close," the Rockbridge coach said.
Rowsey averaged 28.6 points per game including a single-game school record of 47 against Salem. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists and hit 111 of 258 3-point shots for 43 percent.
He scored 34 points in Rockbridge's 64-59 overtime loss to eventual state champion Brunswick at VCU's Siegel Center.
Rowsey is the reigning two-time Timesland player of the year and was a first-team All-Group AA choice by the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
UNC Asheville, coached by Eddie Biedenbach, has played in the NCAA tournament each of the past two seasons, losing to Pittsburgh in the first round in 2011 and to Syracuse in the first round this year.