Steve Rowell always strove to be the hardest worker on the court.
Sure the former Rockport High School and University of Rhode Island basketball great had the raw talent, but it was that drive that took his game to the next level.
On June 22, Rowell’s hard work and basketball career will be honored when he is inducted to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event will include a series of panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players as well as University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari.
“I would never dare dream that I would have a seat at that table,” Rowell said. “It certainly is a tribute that I share with my family, friends, teammates and coaches. There are a lot of people who have supported me over the years.”
Rowell has left a lasting legacy at both Rockport High and the University of Rhode Island as one of the best players to ever step on the hardwood at both schools.
A 1969 graduate of Rockport HS, Rowell and the Vikings won a state title during his sophomore year in 1967, a team that is still the greatest basketball squad to play at the school. Rowell was quick to credit teammates such as Frank Davis, Steve O’Connor and Steve Andersen.
“I had a ton of great teammates on that team,” Rowell said. “I’m not sure we will ever see a team like that again from a tiny town like Rockport.”
It was on a variety of local courts all over Cape Ann where Rowell sculpted his game. Whether it was on the floor at Rockport High School or a pickup game on an outdoor court, Rowell was playing ball and looking to improve his game.