Battle of the Borders: Jeff Dowtin

On Wednesday night, the DC Blue Devils participated in the Battle of the Borders at Burlington City (NJ) High School. 6'3 senior guard Jeff Dowtin showed off the offensive versatility in a win over We R 1 that has made him a hot commodity this summer. I spoke with Dowtin about the Under Armour circuit, who he models his game after, and where St. Joe's fits into his recruitment.

After a slow first half, 6'3 St. John's (DC) combo guard Jeff Dowtin came out swinging in the second half of a 87-75 win over a loaded We R 1 team last night at the Battle of the Borders. Going against a backcourt of Trevon Duval, Quade Green, and Eric Ayala, Dowtin was terrific during a ten-minute stretch in the second half Wednesday night. After starting the game 0-3 from deep, he knocked down four of his next five, finishing with 14 points on 4-8 shooting from three.

Playing alongside elite five-star guard Markelle Fultz, Dowtin demonstrated an ability to play both on and off the ball during the victory last night. He spoke about that following the win during an interview with Hawk Hill Hardwood. "I model my game after Stephen Curry. When he was in high school he was a shooting guard, then he got to Davidson and started to play point," Dowtin told Hawk Hill Hardwood. "I've got good size; I'm 6'3. Can play on the ball and shoot it. There aren't that many players like me that can shoot it, have a great basketball IQ, and can play with the ball."

This was the first year that the DC Blue Devils played on the Under Armour circuit, and Dowtin admitted that playing on the circuit and playing alongside an elite talent like Fultz and other Division 1 prospects like Nate Darling and Stefon Fisher has been helpful in his recruitment. "College coaches are coming to the games to see other guys and then seeing me. It's been really good, has helped me a lot."

One school that has been recruiting Dowtin for quite some time is Saint Joseph's. The Hawks offered him in early January. He took an unofficial visit to Hawk Hill in March with his mother. He spoke about that visit, saying, "The campus was beautiful, I really liked it. The coaches were great."

Since then, he has seen his recruitment surge a bit, with recent offers coming in from Rutgers, Old Dominion, UCF, George Mason, Drexel, Rhode Island, Lehigh, Hofstra, and more. So where do the Hawks fit into things now?

"St. Joe's was the first Atlantic 10 school to offer me, so that was big," Dowtin began. "They're very high on my list, near the top of my list. They'll definitely make it when I cut it (my list) down to five or six schools."

Dowtin and the DC Blue Devils are playing at the Battle of the Borders Thursday and Friday, then heading over to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania for the Elevate Hoops Summer Final. He has an idea where things will go from there. "I'll talk with my family and cut my list. Then schedule some official visits for the end of August and early September," he stated.

After watching Dowtin play on Wednesday evening, it's easy to see why Atlantic 10 schools like St. Joe's, URI, and George Mason are so interested, along with Rutgers out of the Big 10 and Central Florida out of the AAC. St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli was seated courtside last night, and Dowtin was one of the main reasons for his presence. The Hawks have positioned themselves well for the smooth, talented, high-academic DC product. I'll continue to keep Hawk fans updated on his recruitment.

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