Hoops Recruiting: OSU Visits Duncanville

The fans of Duncanville (Texas) High School's basketball team call the program Duncanville U. The name fits, and that's why Oklahoma State's coaching staff made a trip to the Dallas suburb Tuesday afternoon. The Cowboys already have a commitment from Roger Franklin but would like to add another Panther to the 2009 recruiting class. GoPokes.com was in Duncanville on Tuesday to get the inside scoop.

Duncanville head coach Phil McNeely has as many as nine players on his roster who could one day play major college basketball. Franklin is ranked as the 43rd-best high school prospect in the Class of 2009 by Scouthoops.com, and his teammate Shawn Williams, a Texas commit, is ranked 44th. The Panthers also have three juniors and a trio of sophomores who will keep college coaches heading to Duncanville for a few years.

But the Oklahoma State coaching staff - head coach Travis Ford and assistants Chris Ferguson and Butch Pierre - was in Duncanville to watch point guard Reger Dowell, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior who has verbally committed to both Alabama and Arizona in the last few months.

He de-committed from Alabama in July, and gave his verbal to Arizona in late August. But the Wildcats rescinded their offer in September after receiving a commitment from point guard Abdul Gaddy of Tacoma, Wash.

"It's not the best feeling in the world to go through something like that but it's just going to make me stronger, make me work harder and whoever gets me is going to get a nice, smart point guard," Dowell said Tuesday after the workout with his Duncanville teammates in front of the three OSU coaches.

Oklahoma State is joined by Providence (who had a coach visiting Duncanville on Monday) and Arizona State in recruiting Dowell.

"It's just started all over again. I know I'm being evaluated again. It just strives me to work harder every day," said the Panther point guard.

McNeely describes Dowell as "a 6-1 point guard who's really strong. He can shoot it. He's real quick for his size. He's just a really good player.

"He's handled (the situation with Arizona) pretty well. He's a pretty mature kid. We've treated it as if God sometimes closes one door and opens another. I really think the mess and turmoil they are in out there in Arizona that in the next four years he'll be glad he wasn't there," McNeely said.

One place that Dowell says he will be is Stillwater, Okla., when Oklahoma State hosts Homecoming & Hoops, the start of the basketball season, next Friday evening at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Dowell will join Franklin and Duncanville junior Jamison Sterns, a 5-11 point guard, in making the trip to Stillwater.

Dowell says he's looking forward to making his first trip to Stillwater.

"I just love the tradition. I've really been an Oklahoma State fan since I was a little kid," he says. "I remember watching John Lucas. He was one of my favorite players growing up. I really enjoyed watching him play.

"That really made my brighten because I've always been an Oklahoma State fan, and it's just three and a half hours away," Dowell said of learning that the Cowboys were recruiting him. "It's like the perfect distance – it's close enough where my parents can drive up and bring me cookies but it's far enough away too.

"Roger (Franklin) is trying to get me to commit there right now. He's told me about the crowd (inside Gallagher-Iba Arena), and how they're ranked like No. 1 in the country."

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