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Maverick Rowan chooses North Carolina State over St. John's

The Johnnies were thought to be the favorite for the 6'7" guard.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With two available scholarships remaining, St. John's was looking at 2015 6'6" guard Maverick Rowan to provide depth and talent to an inexperienced backcourt.

Rowan, who's father, Ron, played with Chris Mullin, made his college decision on Sunday afternoon, choosing Mark Gottfried and North Carolina State over St. John's, West Virginia and Louisville.

"Great relationship with the coaches, Gottfried and Orlando Early," the Fort Lauderdale native told and SNY. "They have been loyal and stayed with me through everything this year. Gottfried does a great job for his wings and I feel I can go in and be the same type of player T.J. Warren and Trevor Lacey were."

Rowan was originally a member of the 2016 recruiting class (ranked 30 in ESPN's top 100) but decided to finish his high school classes this summer in order to attend college in September and participate on the court in November.

The guard played his high school basketball at Cardinal Gibbons High School and had a tremendous summer on the Nike circuit with E1T1, averaging 19.2 points per game and shooting 41 percent from the field.

Mullin and the Red Storm remain in the mix for Kassoum Yakwe, who is rated as the 100th prospect in 2016 but is looking to reclassify to 2015. The program will have stiff competition for the shot blocker, as Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, UNLV and Villanova are in the mix for his services.

The Johnnies will head into the season with a backcourt that features Marcus LoVett, Felix Balamou, Ron Mvouika, Durand Johnson (who can play shooting guard) and Frederico Mussini after losing multiple seniors and Rysheed Jordan.