Dowtin loves Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, so much so that his Twitter feed is filled with commentary from recent games. He refers to the Warriors as “we,” and nothing gets him more excited than those moonshot three-pointers in which Curry will turn around before the ball even touches the rim.
“He has so much confidence in his game, it’s unbelievable,” Dowtin said Monday. “The background he had is kind of similar to mine, so I feel he’s a big role model to me. The things that he’s doing right now, I just look up to it. I think I can do the same things he’s doing right now, like taking over the game.”
Curry’s rise, from overlooked high school prospect to NBA MVP, is providing inspiration for under-the-radar recruits like Dowtin.
Like Curry, Dowtin is a slight 6-foot-3 gunslinger who has caught the attention of mid-major programs around the country in recent months. Since a breakout junior campaign at St. John’s, when Dowtin teamed with Maryland recruit Anthony Cowan, Jr., to lead the Cadets to a DCSAA title, his scholarship offers have grown to the point that he can only keep track of them all on a document stored on his cell phone.
There are more than a dozen schools on the list, including George Mason, Saint Joseph’s, Rice, Drexel, Rhode Island, American, Florida Gulf Coast, Towson, Loyola (Md.), Radford, Winthrop, Boston U., Bucknell, High Point, Siena, Northeastern and Holy Cross.
And seeing Curry’s historic season provided Dowtin with a template for how he can expand his game going forward. On Monday, for instance, Dowtin ran the offense for St. John’s more often, and penetrated into the lane during crunch time rather than relying solely on his jump shot.
“Watching [Curry] play, he does a lot of off the dribble, not just set shots,” Dowtin said. “Being able to come off ball screens, using his dribble moves to create open shots, I’m trying to do a lot like that.”
Dowtin’s unsung status could also have to do with who he plays with on a regular basis. After being Cowan’s sidekick during the winter, he’s now part of the D.C. Blue Devils’s back court on the Under Armour Association circuit with DeMatha All-Met Markelle Fultz, perhaps the fastest rising recruit in the entire country.
But Dowtin insisted playing alongside Fultz this offseason has been a positive.
“A lot of coaches come see him and then they come talk to me right after, like ‘I’ve never seen you before,’” Dowtin said. “So he brings all the coaches to me. It helps me out a lot.”
But none of those high-major schools have taken the plunge and offered Dowtin, which doesn’t seem to bother him in the least. If he has any lingering doubts, they will likely vanish once he turns on Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night and watches Curry, an unheralded prospect from Davidson, wow fans by launching three-pointers from all over the court again.
“He’s coming from nothing. Nobody gave him anything. They didn’t respect his game, said he was too small and wasn’t strong enough,” Dowtin said. “But the things he’s doing now, coming from a mid-major school to become MVP of the league, it’s amazing. I think that’s incredible.”
Washington area baseball players selected in the first two rounds of the Major League Baseball draft Monday. Virginia right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz, the 2012 All-Met player of the year from McLean High School, was taken with the No. 74 overall pick in the Competitive Balance Round B stage by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scenes from the 2015 All-Met luncheon
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Virginia lacrosse state semifinals
Fourteen boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams from The Post’s coverage area will try to make this weekend’s Virginia state finals Tuesday night. On the boys’ side, Chantilly hosts Langley and Robinson travels to Patrick Henry in Roanoke in 6A action. Marshall visits Atlee and Stone Bridge hosts Douglass Freeman in the 5A semifinals. Loudoun Valley, meanwhile, hosts Midlothian in the 4A semifinals. In girls’ action, Centreville faces Robinson and Forest Park hosts Oakton in the 6A semifinals. Stone Bridge travels to Deep Run and Potomac Falls hosts Albemarle in the 5A semifinals. In the 4A semifinals, George Mason visits Western Albemarle and Woodgrove hosts Salem.