McDowell signs with Coker CollegePublished 4:46pm Friday, August 3, 2012
Landrum point guard Cole McDowell will take his speed and toughness to the next level.
McDowell, who helped the Cardinals reach the upper state finals last season, will continue his basketball career at Coker College.
The Landrum point guard was already committed to attending Coker, located in Hartsville, S.C., but it was purely an academic decision as it appeared basketball was in his past.
With some determination, however, the sport he loves is no longer in his rearview. His family and coaches gathered Aug. 2 as he made the announcement that he’d be playing basketball for the Cobras.
“It makes it even more exciting,” he said. “It’s just a blessing.”
Landrum Coach Lyn Smith said McDowell’s desire to continue fighting to be able to play basketball at the next level is just a tribute to his character.
“His strength is his drive to be the best that he can possibly be,” Smith said. “He just works hard. He’s going to get down there and work hard.”
McDowell had a conversation by phone with Coker College’s Coach Dan Schmotzer and a tryout was set up.
“I’m just thankful to be able to play on the next level,” he said.
For the Cardinals, McDowell was the spark plug. The point guard was quick down the court in Landrum’s up-tempo style of play. He wasn’t afraid to shoot a 3-pointer or drive to the basket. The Cardinals played for the Upper State championship this year, but fell just short of reaching the finals.
McDowell is the second Cardinal basketball player to sign and play at the next level this year. Cardinal center Alex Bryant will play close by in Francis Marion.
“I’m glad he’s getting the opportunity,” Smith said. “He’s a good basketball player. It’ll be good to see him develop at the next level.”