ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne continued to bolster the Seawolves’ 2018-19 roster Wednesday with the announcement that former Canadian prep star Keenan Dowell has signed a scholarship agreement and will transfer to UAA for his final three seasons of eligibility.
A 6-5 guard, Dowell played his freshman season at Sheridan (Wyo.) College in 2017-18, appearing his 31 games and helping the Generals to a 28-5 record and a Region IX Tournament second-round berth. Starting at point guard much of the year, he averaged 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds, scoring double figures on four occasions and dishing three or more assists in 13 contests.
“We are excited that Keenan has committed to our program for the next three years,” said Osborne, “He is a very talented, versatile guard with a high basketball IQ. At 6-5, he gives us another big wing, along with the ability to go big at the point guard position. He gained tremendous experience starting 20 games for one of the best JC teams in the nation last year.”
Originally from Surrey, British Columbia, Dowell was coached by his father, Doug, at B.C. Christian Academy, where he developed into one of the top prep prospects in Canada. As a senior in 2016-17, he helped BCCA to its first Class A provincial title and a sixth-place finish at the high school national championship tournament in Ontario.
Dowell was consistently ranked by recruiting services among the top 5 guards in Canada during his senior year, and he was named First Team All-Canadian at the national championships. He also appeared in Anchorage during his prep career, scoring 58 points in three games and making the all-tournament team at the Alaska Airlines Classic in 2017.
“We feel Keenan’s versatility will help us at all three perimeter positions and add flexibility to our lineup,” Osborne added. “Whatever position he plays, his skill set is perfect for our motion offense. Coming out of high school, Keenan was ranked one of the best players in Canada. I have no doubt that if he returned to Sheridan for his second year he would have gotten attention from many mid-major D-I schools. Finally, as with all our signees, Keenan has played on extremely successful teams and knows what it takes to win.”
Dowell joins fellow transfers Niko Bevens (6-6, G, Jr., Beaverton, Ore./North Idaho/Montana) and Tyler Brimhall (6-5, G/F, Jr., Logan, Utah/Idaho/North Idaho), along with Alaska prep stars Travis Adams (5-10, G, Fr., Barrow) and Tobin Karlberg (6-0, G, Fr., Anchorage/Grace Christian), to give the Seawolves five players in their 2018 recruiting class.