Rockbridge County's Andrew Rowsey was named ABC 13 First Team All-Full Court Press last season and narrowly missed out on the Player of the Year Award. This season he's proving he deserves our top honor.
He strikes the Superman pose during pregame introductions and at times Andrew Rowsey plays like a super hero even though he's small for a division one recruit. "Everybody relates. You got a 5'10" kid. He's more athletic than what people realize. He's very quick with the ball. He can get his shot off really quick but yeah I think he kind of looks like the average guy playing a pickup game and sometimes when we walk out to a jump ball we don't scare anybody and we understand that but he comes to play and all of our guys come to play," Wildcats coach Darrell Plogger said following last Friday's win over Amherst County.
The UNC-Asheville commit can dribble on the ground, throw passes behind his back, and dribble right through a defense. He can also score in a flash - try six points in less than 45 seconds. But he also faces double teams night after night. "If they want to play like that they can play like that. I trust my teammates. If I give it to them they're going to score or call something," Rowsey explained.
In a game last week Rowsey scored the highest point total of his high school career. He dropped in 60 points against Stuarts Draft. "I knew I could get close but when I laid down that night and I looked back, I was like wow I just scored 60 so it was pretty cool."
Plogger added, "I said maybe the best thing about that game was he had 60 but our other guys scored 58. He also had six assists and 12 rebounds so that kind of tells you he's not a one dimensional player. He can do a lot of things and he can make his teammates better and that's what we want to do
If that trend continues Rockbridge could be headed for another trip to Richmond for the state tournament. After that Rowsey will head south to Asheville. Plogger said, "I think he's going to be fine because I think at that level he's not going to have two guys chasing him. I know talking to the coaches down there they've got some really good post players so he's going to get some open looks. He's going to get some easier looks but I think he'll be a good player for them."