Coach Sean McAloon went to Randolph-Macon, in part because of Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall. So when he says guard Jeff Dowtin fits the Shockers, he knows more than most about Marshall’s style of coaching.
“I’ve known Gregg since I was 16,” McAloon said. “He really helped get me there and become part of the Randolph-Macon family.”
The two met when Marshall, also a Randolph-Macon grad, was an assistant at the College of Charleston. McAloon’s family asked him to help him find the right school. Marshall officiated several of his games at a summer camp in Charleston and started him on the path to the NCAA Division III school in Ashland, Va.
Dowtin, a 6-foot-3 senior at St. John’s College High in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to visit WSU on Sunday.
“He’s a joy to coach,” McAloon said. “It’s not ‘me, me, me.’ It’s more about the team and wins. He’s smart, a really smart basketball player He knows how to move and get shots. He just doesn’t force anything.”
WSU’s interest in Dowtin picked up after an Under Armour All-American camp in July, where he averaged 10 points in four games and made 9 of 18 three-pointers.
“I consider myself a combo guard who can play the point,” Dowtin said. “I can distribute, get my teammates involved. I think (WSU’s) style of play goes hand in hand with me. I like to push the ball.”
Dowtin said he will also visit George Mason on Sept. 11 and Rhode Island on Sept. 24.
“I want to go to a school that has a family-oriented environment,” he said.
▪ Iowa Western Community College guard Donovan Jackson isn’t visiting WSU this weekend. I’m not sure if he is rescheduling or if this means WSU is off his list. Jackson appears to be a coveted prospect and Iowa, Iowa State and Illinois are among the schools reportedly chasing him.
▪ Shakopee (Minn.) senior forward Steffon Mitchell will visit WSU the weekend of Sept. 9, according to coach Bruce Kugath.
Mitchell (6-8, 225 pounds) averaged 24.3 points, nine rebounds and three assists. He made 59.6 percent of his shots on his way to scoring a school-record 754 points as a junior.
“He can basically play any position,” Kugath said. “I have him bring the basketball up the court. He scores a lot in the paint, but he can take it outside.”
▪ The MVC staff is working on basketball schedules and fixing TV assignments, MVC associate commissioner Jack Watkins said in an email. Schools could have their drafts by the end of the month. Once approved by schools, they are free to announce dates within a few days.