FGCU Puts D.C. Product Dowtin On The Map

In March of 2013, the high-flying antics of Chase Fieler and co. put Florida Gulf Coast University on the college basketball radar. In a similar fashion, the Eagles thrust 2016 PG Jeff Dowtin onto the map last spring when they offered the Washington, D.C. product a scholarship.

“They were the first school that actually put me on the map and gave me a chance to be successful," Dowtin said. "For them to be the first school to offer me, it really seems like I’ve been doing a lot of hard work and that hard work is paying off."

That hard work was initially noticed by FGCU assistant coach Jamill Jones. "I talk with him the most. Our relationship has grown a lot since they first offered me. He’s been communicating with me every now and then, sending me letters and stuff like that. I really enjoy that, it shows that they appreciate me," Dowtin said.

A multitude of other schools have entered the fray since, as Holy Cross, UMBC, Loyola, Towson, Rice, Winthrop, and St Joseph's have all extended scholarship offers. Meanwhile Davidson, George Mason, Brown, Virginia, Xavier, and Bucknell have shown interest.

When asked about his strengths that drew this recruiting attention, Dowtin said “I’m a three level scorer, but I can get my teammates involved also."

This mix of scoring and passing has been put on display this season as Dowtin has lead St. John's College HS to an 18-6 record and a No. 7 ranking in the Washington Post's state rankings. In late January, the 6-foot-3 guard posted 21 points against fellow powerhouse Gonzaga.

"I think we can make a lot of noise, hopefully get to the championship. We started off great, we we’re in a slump for a little bit and then we picked it right back up," Dowtin said. "I think we’ll be fine and make a strong push at the end of the season."

And with a lot of basketball still to played this year, Dowtin wants to improve his defense and rebounding. “I’m a tall guard so I check a lot of tall guards, so as long as I can lock them down and rebound when I have to. That’s what I have to improve on."

In addition to bettering his game, the wiry D.C guard plans to visit most of the schools that have been recruiting him so far. He has already made trips to Xavier, Richmond, American, and George Mason.

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