Junior Opts To Play In Big 12

Houston Westside swingman Dion Dowell reached an early decision on Monday. The 2004 prospect is headed to the Big 12.

Horns Corral Texas City Standout

On Monday, 6-7 swingman Dion Dowell of Texas City High committed to Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns.

"It was a win-win situation," Dowell's AAU coach Charlie Jones said. "They got a great kid and he's going to an excellent program both athletically and academically."

Dowell toured with Jones' Houston Westside All-Stars last summer. According to Mike Kunstadt, a Texas-based high school scout and leading authority on the state high school basketball scene, Dowell ranks as one of the premier players in the Greater Houston Area.

"He brings a tremendous amount of versatility," Jones said. "He's 6-7 and still growing."

According to Jones, Dowell couldn't pass on the chance to stay home and wear the burnt orange with pride. "It's great for a Texas kid to be able to stay home and go to a nationally known program on the rise."

Yeah, Rick Barnes probably would agree.

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