The Wolfpacker

November 2019

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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NOVEMBER 2019 ■ 123 ■ BASKETBALL RECRUITING Recruiting analyst Dan McDonald of Ri-, who is based in Georgia, believes in Dowuona's down-the-road potential. "He has size and athleticism, and he's one of the best shot blockers you'll probably see," McDonald said. "I've been watching him since he was a freshman. The last three years, he's had spurts where he had a good bit of development. "He'll stall out and then have another burst of improvement." Dowuona needs the most development on the offensive end, but he has made progress over the last two years. "He's getting better offensively and he can make his free throws and the occasional mid- range jump shot," McDonald said. "He will also occasionally score in the post. "Everything on the offensive side of the game, he'll need to work on. His defense is so strong because he's long and athletic and has good timing blocking shots. He'll make an impact early in college with that." NC State entered the recruiting picture a little later than the other colleges for Dowu- ona, offering him July 31. Keatts' personality helped make up ground quickly. "He's a good person with a great person- ality, and everybody likes him," Dowuona said. "He's just a great coach. Just watching practice, I knew I wanted a spot on the team." The native of Ghana was part of a star- studded Game Elite FL squad that featured Tennessee commit Corey Walker Jr. and North Carolina commit Walker Kessler, both top-35 prospects. Dowuona aver- aged 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in 14 contests. He shot 56.3 percent from the field and 56.1 percent at the free throw line. Dowuona played against Kessler last year in high school basketball and looks forward to facing him with the Tar Heels. Kessler and his prep squad edged Dowuona and Newnan (Ga.) Heritage 63-58 on Nov. 23, 2018. "I'm looking forward to that," Dowuona said. "I'm always trying to compete. It's going to be a good look, and I can't wait for that." With no more worries about trying to im- press hordes of college coaches, Dowuona is looking forward to having a banner senior year with his friends. "I feel like everything is going to be much better now that I can just focus on school and basketball," said Dowuona, whose older brother Emmanuel Dowuona is a redshirt freshman center at Purdue. "I just can't wait for my senior year. "I can't wait to be part of the NC State pro- gram and start something new in my life." ■ Zebulon Dentistry supports the pack! Mark S. Barrett, D.D.S. B. Kevin Collins, D.D.S. (Wolfpack Club member since 2007) Zebulon FaMily Dentistry 313 Hospital Rd. Zebulon, NC 27597 Phone (919) 269-9698 Fax (919) 269-9778 We are eggs. TM For regular updates and videos of NC State re- cruiting targets, please visit

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