BYU men's basketball: Olympus star Jeremy DowDell shows ultimate team attitude in taking walk-on offer

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  • wahului Stockton, CA
    June 17, 2019 10:53 p.m.

    This BYU team is going to be scary good once Pope gets it rolling...and it's going to stay that way under his tutelage!!

  • poyman Draper, UT
    June 17, 2019 6:35 p.m.

    @mythology

    "...He didn't leave due to playing time nor did he become a immediate starter sitting 4th on depth chart"...

    ****

    Wrong... again (or should I say still)...

    When Hansen went down, Bernard took nearly all the snaps... If he was 4th on the depth chart he still would not have seen the field.

    You did get one thing right however... Francis didn't leave BYU for lack of playing time unless you consider a suspension and expulsion "lack of playing time."

    I like Bernard... I hope he finds his way on an NFL roster next year... But he (like his brother) had a very hard time following rules... and, when he broke them, he didn't do it by just a little bit.

    Truth is that he's better off at utah where they tend to tolerate that stuff a lot more... Age will bring maturity and hopefully that arrives before he finishes eligibility this year. In the meantime I wish him nothing but success. Another truth is, I wish that he would have done a "Takitaki" and returned to BYU. He is an excellent Defensive player and utah is lucky to have him.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 14, 2019 4:59 p.m.

    Bobby Peru - Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 10:27 a.m.
    76 Cougar: "But we did have a player transfer to u due to lack of playing time...and immediately became a starter."

    What BYU-P player transferred to Utah due to lack of playing time?

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    It's called alternative facts, a BYU fan coping mechanism.

    How bad is BYU football?

    Utah players looking for more playing time would rather transfer to Utah State over BYU.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 14, 2019 4:51 p.m.

    76Cougar - Raleigh, NC
    June 14, 2019 9:24 a.m.
    uteology asked “Has a future NFL draft pick, BYU player ever transferred to USC due to lack of playing time?“ Well, the answer is no to USC. But we did have a player transfer to u due to lack of playing time...and immediately became a starter.

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    Who would that be, Francis Bernard?

    He didn't leave due to playing time nor did he become a immediate starter sitting 4th on depth chart.

    Try harder next time.

  • VariedHue Logan, UT
    June 14, 2019 12:42 p.m.

    I just need some clarification on the headline. What is the big deal for a someone who is not going to play for two years to take on a walk-on offer? If he takes the walk-on offer when he comes back then that is when his "sacrifice" should be highlighted. Also, what if someone like Stanford offered him a scholarship when he gets back?

  • Bobby Peru Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 10:27 a.m.

    76 Cougar: "But we did have a player transfer to u due to lack of playing time...and immediately became a starter."

    What BYU-P player transferred to Utah due to lack of playing time?

  • 76Cougar Raleigh, NC
    June 14, 2019 9:24 a.m.

    uteology asked “Has a future NFL draft pick, BYU player ever transferred to USC due to lack of playing time?“ Well, the answer is no to USC. But we did have a player transfer to u due to lack of playing time...and immediately became a starter.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 14, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    What a refreshing attitude. Good for this young man.

    Max

    What does the Hill have to do with anything? Your obsession with Utah even on BYU articles is disturbing

  • JT4 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 12:18 a.m.

    @bemorefair,
    I don't know about West Virginia, but if by Syracuse "recruiting" Jimmer you mean that they offered him a scholarship, you would be entirely wrong, because Jimmer wanted to go to Syracuse; he grew up in their back yard. Dave Rose said a number of times that he kept praying that schools back East would continue to ignore Jimmer because he knew he had an incredible steal on his hands. And, to be fair to Jim Boeheim, Jimmer might not have turned into a superstar at Syracuse because the level of talent there may well have kept Jimmer from being used in the way he was at BYU, and we've seen since then that is really what is required for him to thrive.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 14, 2019 12:08 a.m.

    Max-was-right - Mapleton, UT
    June 13, 2019 5:31 p.m.
    Has this ever happened on the hill?

    No and never will.

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    No a 0 star walk on has never committed to Utah.

    Has a future NFL draft pick, BYU player ever transferred to USC due to lack of playing time?

    No and never will.

  • Max-was-right Mapleton, UT
    June 13, 2019 5:31 p.m.

    Has this ever happened on the hill?

    No and never will.

  • AZ Observer Phoenix, AZ
    June 13, 2019 5:12 p.m.

    6'4"--is that with or without the hair? He might return from his mission only 6'3" if he's like a lot of RM's who lose their hair, LOL. Wish him the best!

  • bemorefair , 00
    June 13, 2019 1:58 p.m.

    @vasislos

    In fairness, Jimmer was recruited by several big time programs including West Virginia, Syracuse and a few others. He even was given opportunities to play college football.

    I get your point, though. He wasn't thought of as highly as he was upon graduation. But it's not accurate to say he came out of nowhere. In fact, even as a freshman, you could tell he was a special player, but it was Dave Rose who was too stubborn to play him more, even though it was obvious to most he deserved more playing time.

    And while I agree Dowdell could end up being a serviceable player for BYU, his ceiling doesn't seem to be as high, nor is it fair to compare him at this stage to the Wooden Award winner. He doesn't need those unfair expectations placed on his shoulders. He's undersized and not super fast, but man he can shoot. If he can continue to work on his defense, ball handling, and driving skills, he can turn into a fine college player one day.

  • vasislos Holbrook, AZ
    June 13, 2019 12:31 p.m.

    Comparisons with Jimmer? Nothing wrong with that. And at the end of the next 6 years, I hope the comparison holds up.

    Least we forget, although Jimmer was rated fairly high as a shooting guard, he did not exactly create a lot of interest among elite programs as he was coming out of high school. Coming from a small town school NO ONE would have projected that he would be the college player of the year. His freshman year was not that exciting. He played in all of the games and was the 5th leading scorer. His sophomore year was not a huge improvement. After his sophomore year, no one would have predicted his amazing senior year.

    Sometimes players completely develop later in life than others.

    Meanwhile, subject at hand, I think DowDell has all the attributes to become a great player for the Cougars.

  • Pugman Tremonton, UT
    June 13, 2019 11:58 a.m.

    @plyxby
    Another Ute posting on a BYU thread. Something's will never change.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 13, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    Ask for a schollie.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    June 13, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    a walk-on already being compared to Jimmer....gotta love Cougar fans.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 13, 2019 8:27 a.m.

    A kid like that. The Academy would serve him well upon his return from church service.

  • ChemMichael SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 13, 2019 7:50 a.m.

    It could be a lot of fun to see DowDell and Rylan Jones square off against each other in a couple of years. Best wishes, Jeremy!

  • water rocket , 00
    June 13, 2019 7:27 a.m.

    I have always admired student athletes who choose to serve missions. To me it is a sign of maturity when they want to serve, instead of be served. It is refreshing in this generation of "me, me, me" to see this kind of commitment. On the other hand, I read stories like this only to realize that there will be a two plus year wait (and I am not a patient person!). I know that it does not mean basketball (or any other sport) aren't important. It is just a matter of having the right priorities in life. This guy, however, is unbelievable. He is not only willing to serve a mission, but he is willing to let BYU use the scholarship he might have gotten to help someone else more in need of it. I love this guy already!

  • timmysfan CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA
    June 13, 2019 7:03 a.m.

    Wow - what a stud. Easy to root for with that attitude - Wow!! Can't wait to cheer him on.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    June 12, 2019 9:57 p.m.

    This is going to be hard for our local sports radio guys to digest. We get it though. Hopefully this guy has some Utah Jimmer in him. Welcome aboard.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    June 12, 2019 9:46 p.m.

    Another great addition; this BYU team could be scary good when Pope is finished.