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Cowan crafting next generation of local basketball stars

Former Terps great teaching hoops skills at camp
Posted at 3:22 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 17:51:25-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — For four years Anthony Cowan ran point in College Park, starting every game.

Now he’s running camp in Pikesville, kickstarting budding basketball careers.

"I had so much time and I wanted to stay productive but also help others at the same time," said the former Maryland Terrapins guard. "I knew basketball would be a great way to bring that all together."

What started at his home in Bowie during the COVID-19 quarantine has branched out into Baltimore County. He’s running his One Stop Skills Training basketball camp.

"First of all we start a lot with the basics. That’s the biggest thing," he said.

And providing the confidence to get it done on and off the court.

"I always tell them the first thing about basketball is just being competitive and knowing that you can do it," Cowan added.

He is putting kids ages 8-18 through all sorts of drills.

"He’s teaching us ball-handling. We’re doing shooting," said 11-year-old Brandon Rattet.

"Running around the cones, dribbling back and forth," described 14-year-old Jake Schloss.

How is one of the all-time great Terps as a coach?

"He is such a skilled basketball player. He doesn’t have to be a great coach and he is," said Jake's mom, Jenny. "Besides being such a great player he is so patient with these kids."

Jenny asked Cowan to run his camp in Pikesville after her son attended one of his sessions in Bowie.

So, has Cowan always wanted to be a coach or be involved with teaching kids or is this something he recently discovered that he liked?

"This is definitely something that I’ve always enjoyed," he said. "I would love to be a coach one day. I always tell myself I’m going to go back and coach at Maryland when it’s all said and done."

He is very much still a player. Cowan continues to train for October’s NBA Draft. He said he is excited, anxious and just wants to “go into the right situation”.

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