Thursday marked the last day of school at Sherman High, but for Kemonte Dowdy, he saved one of his best days for last.
The senior basketball standout officially signed to play at Tarleton State University in Stephenville in a ceremony surrounded by friends and family.
“It’s a good feeling to have,” Dowdy said on signing with the Texans. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to sign and it’s a blessing to get this opportunity.”
Dowdy was one of the main catalysts for a Sherman High team who made a return trip to the playoffs this past year. The senior was a first team all-district selection and finished his high school career with one of his best performances — scoring 36 points with eight made threes in the Class 5A bi-district round against Justin Northwest.
“Playing here at Sherman helped a lot,” Dowdy said. “I put in a lot of hard work and support to get to this point.”
Dowdy joins a Tarleton State team that’s advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II tournament in two of the past four seasons. The Texans finished 19-11 during the 2017-18 season and named Chris Reisman as the new head coach in March.
He credits newly hired assistant coach Nic Cantrell as a determining factor in getting him to Stephenville.
“Coach Cantrell really wanted me there and showed a lot of effort in trying to get me there,” Dowdy said. “I liked the campus and I know that they’ll push me to work hard.”
As for what he’s looking forward to the most, Dowdy is ready to showcase his talents and make an impact with his new team.
“I know they’re a very good Division II team,” Dowdy said. “They’re making runs in the postseason almost every year so I think that’ll be a good fit for me.”