Earlier this month, Southeast (Oklahoma City, Okla.) point guard DaShawn McDowell committed to SMU because of the family atmosphere and the plan the staff laid out for life after basketball; but the biggest factor that went into his decision was the respect he had for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.
It’s that same respect that will keep McDowell firmly committed to the Mustangs, for now.
On Tuesday morning the NCAA announced that SMU would be banned from 2016 postseason play and that Brown would be suspended for 30 percent of the team’s games this season due to multiple rules violations.
“As of right now I’m 100 percent committed to SMU,” said McDowell, the Mustangs’ only commit from the 2016 class thus far. “I’ve talked to them about everything that’s going on with the banning and everything to do with that but I’m still planning to go there.”
McDowell, who averaged 30 points a game last season, added that he was currently still discussing the situation with his inner circle, but stood firm in his commitment for the time being.
“I haven’t talked to Coach Brown yet because he’s been really busy, but I’ve been talking to Coach (K.T.) Turner. Not being able to play in the tournament kinda hurts. Right now, though, I’m still going to SMU.”