Dashawn McDowell Signing Day Profile
Size: 6-5, 182
High School: Southeast (Okla.)
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Committed to SMU over: USC, Arizona State, Houston, Tulsa (decommitted from Tulsa), Texas Tech, Wake Forest and others.
Audible: "The trust that I picked up in Coach (K.T.) Turner is why I stuck with SMU through the NCAA sanctions," McDowell explained. "He said to believe in him and everything will be fine. I can't wait to build a relationship with my teammates so we can make it to the tournament, and I can't wait to play under Larry Brown."
How McDowell fits
One of the most important things on SMU's checklist is finding players that can play multiple positions. McDowell will certainly be able to do that for SMU as a 6-5 guard. The 1, 2, and 3 are all viable options for McDowell to see time at, but he's a more than capable ball handler. I expect him to be more at the 2 and 3 rather than point guard as Wilson fits what SMU likes to do with point guards more so than McDowell. He's got length and that's something SMU covets. He's also solid in the pick and roll game, which is a plus, but SMU looks for point guards that can distribute the ball in all sets, which McDowell will have to work more on. McDowell's ability to run Larry Brown's offense will also be something to watch when he is at the point. It's a tough task and many point guards take time to learn under Brown.
What to expect in 2016-17
In McDowell's first year on campus, don't expect him to light up the stat sheet or start. SMU will be even deeper than it is now with three freshmen guards coming in this season. McDowell will have to fight for every minute. The most likely position that he'd get more minutes at is the 2 with Sterling Brown, Jarrey Foster and Semi Ojeleye all going to still be on the roster at the three. McDowell would have a major adjustment to make to get time at the point with Sedrick Barefield and Shake Milton already having been on campus a year plus Tom Wilson being added to the mix. He'll have to compete with Milton, Keith Frazier and possibly Ben Emelogu if he's healthy at the 2 for time. That's why I think he'll work into game situations in that role as a freshmen and maybe take some time at the point if he progresses over the summer and preseason enough.
Career expectations for McDowell
McDowell isn't the pure scorer that Shake Milton is in my mind, but he did average over 29 points per game last year for Southeast, which is just awesome. McDowell had the advantage of driving with length in high school and that will get more difficult in college, but McDowell will really be that lockdown defender SMU loves. With his length and lateral movement, he's got a chance to be right there with Ryan Manuel, Nick Russell and Sterling Brown as great defenders. He doesn't have the bounce Manuel has, but the resemblence is there. McDowell will need to improve his consistency on his jumper (as all players out of high school need to) and understand that he needs to find the high-percentage play.
I have high expectations on the defensive end for McDowell and if he can develop his jumper, he'll be a helpful addition to spreading the floor for SMU. He doesn't have to be a hero right away, but he needs to be ready to contribute and play hard, which in that aspect, Brown can certainly help. I don't see McDowell being the point guard of the future, but settling into more of a Sterling Brown role and if he puts on more weight, a really physical player that molds right into what Brown and co. look for in their players.