Maryland’s backcourt received a nice boost on Wednesday, as Jeff Ermann of 247Sports reported that guard Anthony Cowan is expected to return to College Park for his senior season.
Cowan entered his name in the NBA Draft following the 2018-19 campaign, but plans to put on the Terrapins uniform for one more year. A three-year starter, Cowan will bring plenty of talent and experience back to the floor for Maryland.
Last season, Cowan earned second-team All-B1G honors after leading the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game. He also averaged 4.4 assists. Cowan will be one of the top returning guards in the conference for the 2019-20 season.
Terrapins’ forward/center Bruno Fernando will keep his name in the NBA Draft after averaging a double-double last season, a significant blow for Mark Turgeon and Co. However, fellow big man Jalen Smith announced earlier this spring that he will return to College Park for his sophomore campaign.
Smith averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for Maryland last season.
With two key pieces now returning for the 2018-19 season, Maryland will be one of the top candidates to win the B1G next year. The Terrapins ended last season with a 23-11 record and fifth in the conference. They made it to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.