Fresh off his graduation Wednesday evening, 2016 Southeast HS (Ok.) point guard and SMU signee Dashawn McDowell is ready to head to SMU this weekend to begin the next phase of his basketball career.
“Good, I’m ready for the next level. I’m glad it’s over with now,” McDowell said, “I’ll be at SMU Sunday, I should be in by Sunday afternoon.”
It’ll be a busy couple of days for McDowell who will begin classes right after the Memorial Day weekend but will get a workout in even sooner.
“I plan on getting my books and stuff but I plan on working out as soon as I get there so working out as soon as possible and just going to class,” McDowell said.
With Tom Wilson and Harry Froling also signing their Letters of Intent to join the 2016 class, McDowell loves the way the class has shaped up, especially getting a big man in the class.
“It’s great especially getting a big in this class after losing our big men in the last class and picking up a guard that can really get after it will certainly help our team this year,” McDowell said.
McDowell has kept in touch frequently with Froling and actually touched base with him Wednesday to find out when he was coming over. Once both get on campus they’re eager to prepare for the season and continue to build their relationship.
“He plans on coming down next month because he has some commitments with his Australian team,” McDowell said, “Harry we just have like that brotherly relationship and we are just getting to know each other, looking forward to playing with one another.”
McDowell doesn’t want to wait much longer to get on campus and is overall just ready to get going.
“I’m blessed and I’m happy to show that I’m one of the best in the country so it’s time to get after it,” McDowell said.
Even though he wasn’t on the team last year, McDowell said he still plans to come in with a chip on his shoulder given the postseason ban but that’s the attitude he believes you should approach every moment with.
“Of course, no matter what the situation is you always come in with a chip on your shoulder because you want to show everyone you can play at the next level,” McDowell said, “I have guys there that are looking forward to pushing me, I just plan on going in and playing hard and continuing to get better.”
Part of the plan for McDowell is to continue to work on his offensive game, as well as, his dribbling to play against smaller guards.
“Continue to work on my jumper and continuing to be tight with my handles, being 6-5 I’m playing against smaller guards so I want to stay with low with the ball and continue to be strong as well as continue to get my body right because I’m at another level and the guys are much bigger and stronger,” McDowell said.
As for what he’s most excited about, McDowell can’t wait to learn from a couple of established veterans and leaders on the SMU squad in Sterling Brown and Shake Milton.
“It’s crazy, playing with two highly talented guys, future draft picks, it’s a blessing and I can’t wait to play with them.”