SMU 2016 Dashawn McDowell couldn't wait to get to Moody Coliseum for the first time and it sure didn't disappoint. McDowell took in SMU's 59-57 win over Cincinnati last night and with the place rocking, McDowell loved every second of it.
"Let's just say my first game left me an experience to remember. I loved atmosphere. It was easily the best I've been around," McDowell said. "It's great and exciting. It's exactly what I wanted. Having fans like this day and day out is just awesome."
Prior to the game, McDowell met with SMU head coach Larry Brown to watch film and talk hoops.
"We were just looking over some film, learning the game and how to come off picks and things like that," McDowell said. "He said if I could come down and start now, he'd love it."
With SMU struggling with a short bench, McDowell said SMU just had to keep playing well before taking the win, but for him next year, it means there might be a potential to play a lot early.
"Just with them being short, it's going to be hard for them, but he expects them to do great," McDowell said. "It's (playing time) amazing for me. I just have to come in and prove that I can play at the next level and with the guys on the team."
The Southeast (Okla.) guard said SMU showed its true colors in the game by playing hard all game.
"Heart. They come out with it every possession and play with it. Defense is another thing. To be a championship team, you have to play defense," McDowell said.
SMU forward Ben Moore has been a big brother for McDowell since his official visit.
"He's been really close to me ever since I came down on my official and just guiding me through things and just telling me things about school," McDowell said. "Just being a big brother and guiding me through the steps to be successful in college."
McDowell talks with assistant coach KT Turner texts with McDowell everyday and with coach Brown when he can.
As far as his high school season, McDowell has unfinished business.
"Me developing to be an all-around player and being able to play on both ends of the floor," McDowell said. "Continue to come together and play defense. We were a little short-handed, but now we've got all the guys and can come together."