Ron Rowan

Ronald Lewis "Ron" Rowan (born April 23, 1962) is a retired American-Irish basketball player. Rowan, a 6'5" 200 lb small forward, played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame and St. John's University.

Ron Rowan
Personal information
Born (1962-04-23) April 23, 1962 (age 58)
New Brighton, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican / Irish
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolBeaver Falls (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania)
NBA draft1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 67th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1986–2001
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1986Springfield Fame
1986–1987Topeka Sizzlers
1987Portland Trail Blazers
1987–1988Topeka Sizzlers
1988Miami Tropics
1988–1989Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets
1989Hitachi Venezia
1989–1992Kleenex Pistoia
1992–1993Yoga Napoli
1993–1994Tonno Auriga Trapani
1994Meta System Reggio Emilia
1995Baloncesto León
1995Il Menestrello Modena
1995–1996Chicago Rockers
1998–1999Polti Cantù
1999–2000Telit Trieste
2000–2001Montepaschi Siena
Career highlights and awards

High school and college careerEdit

Born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, Rowan starred at Beaver Falls (Pennsylvania) High School, averaging nearly 26 points per game as a senior. In February 1981, he committed to play for the University of Notre Dame, then coached by Digger Phelps. In January 1983, Phelps suspended Rowan after learning that Rowan was planning to transfer to Penn State. When Penn State coach Dick Harter left Penn State, Rowan was released from his commitment and later transferred to St. John's University.

In his first season at St. John's, Rowan played in 28 games alongside Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, Willie Glass, and Bill Wennington, as the team went 31-4.

As a senior during the 1985-86 season at St. John's, Rowan averaged 14 points per game. Along with Jackson, Walter Berry, and Shelton Jones, Rowan helped St. John's to a 31-5 record. Rowan currently ranks among St. John's all-time top 10 free-throw percentage leaders (.871).

Professional careerEdit

He was selected in the third round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but was cut from the team during training camp.[1] He then played in the Continental Basketball Association, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1987 while a member of the Topeka (Kansas) Sizzlers, where he averaged 18.8 points in 44 games.

In March 1987, he signed a 10-day contract[2] with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 1.7 points in seven games.

In 1989, Rowan moved to Italy where he played 11 seasons (5 in A1 division). He changed teams almost every year except when he played three seasons in Kleenex Pistoia (1989–1992), where he scored 3,767 points in 117 matches.

Personal lifeEdit

Rowan's son Maverick Rowan played college basketball for NC State.[3]


  1. ^ Blazers Sign Rowan, published Mar. 17, 1987
  2. ^ 1987 NBA Transactions
  3. ^ Bloom, Elizabeth (January 19, 2016). "Former Pitt recruit Maverick Rowan ready for 'Zoo-ish' homecoming". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 13, 2017.

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