Posted On: 02/17/18 11:13 AM
Teams in need of a 2018 guard are following 6-foot-4 combo Trey McGowens closer than some other 2019 guards at this time. Why? Because McGowens is still considering going to college as a 2018.
McGowens was originally a member of the 2018 class but his move from Piedmont, South Carolina to Hargrave Military Academy also prompted a reclassification to the 2019 class.
Hargrave Military Academy is currently 28-3 with four more games before they compete in the National Prep Championship in New Haven, Connecticut. Last weekend McGowens and his teammates competed in the Massanutten Military Showcase in front of several college programs and won a pair of games.
Prep Hoops caught up with McGowens earlier in the week to talk about the big weekend of wins.
“I feel like it was a good win especially because it sent us to the next round where we faced the #1 ranked team in the country. We started off slow then coach got us together at halftime and we started clicking at the start of the second half and it gave us momentum going into today’s game where we beat them by double digits.”
Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino was in the crowd watching McGowens last weekend. Trey has enjoyed what Coach Pitino has had to say and has interest in the Gopher program.
“I feel like it’s a great fit the way they use their guards and work off ball screens,” Trey said about the Gophers.
“They started their season off really well but have had injuries leading to struggles but they will get it going again. Coach Pitino is cool guy, we had a good visit when he came by the other day.”
With McGowens considering moving back into the 2018 class, and the Gophers needing another ball handler for the 2018-19 season, preferably a guy that can play both positions, McGowens is the perfect fit.
Minnesota isn’t the only team with a need at the guard spot next year who is heavily after Trey. McGowens talks most regularly with Baylor, Clemson, and Minnesota. Clemson is close to his hometown of Piedmont, South Carolina.
The McGowen’s offer list includes Virginia Tech, Baylor, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Seton Hall, TCU, St. Johns, Clemson, Kansas State, Ole Miss, VCU, USF, Minnesota, and New Mexico.
Justin Byerly of Prep Hoops in North Carolina described McGowens in the following way this summer:
“McGowens is a human highlight reel with his athleticism and dunking ability. He has the ability to attack the paint and can get buckets from all levels on the floor. (Trey) has a strong build for the two-guard spot and can also play the point guard position.”
The description sounds exactly like what Minnesota needs for next winter.
At the moment McGowens is a four star prospect in the 2019 class.