"I had gone on a visit this past weekend and I've been thinking about committing to Alabama since last summer," Dowell said. "I really like their staff and facilities and academics. I think that it's a good move for me in the long run."
Last summer Dowell went to Alabama's elite basketball camp and that experience is something that helped Dowell with his collegiate decision.
"I remember they had an all-star game for underclassmen and one for the seniors and in the all-star game we scrimmaged against the Alabama players and I remember seeing their players faces and them saying they couldn't believe I was just a sophomore."
"I didn't even really know Mark Gottfiend," he said. "I was being recruited by Coach [Kobie] Baker. When I went down there I played real well and that's when Coach Gottfried got into my recruitment."
Dowell is first junior to commit to the Crimson Tide.