Morton junior Tenley Dowell announced Sunday that she will play basketball at Butler University after her final season with the Potters.
The 6-foot-2 guard was a unanimous Associated Press All-State selection and first-team IBCA All-State. She averaged 16.3 points per game for the 31-2 Potters, who reachd the Class 3A Sweet 16 this season. During Dowell's three seasons, Morton is 98-7 and won two its three straight 3A state championships.
"I had a great time and enjoyed spending time with the coaches," said Dowell, who attended Butler's elite camp last summer in Indianapolis. "It's a beautiful campus and Hinkle Fieldhouse is a great basketball venue."
The Big East Conference sent four teams — DePaul, Villanova, Marquette and Creighton — to last year's NCAA tournament. Creighton made the NCAA Sweet 16 with Richwoods graduate and 2014 Journal Star Player of the Year playing for the Bluejays.
"The Big East Conference is one of the best," Dowell said. "We get to travel to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., I look forward to competing against top 25 teams like DePaul and Marquette and others. My goal is to help create a winning tradition at Butler, winning the Big East tournament, and making it to the NCAA tournament as well."
Winning isn't the only thing that led Butler to recruit Dowell, she said.
"The coaches like my competitiveness and work ethic, and they like the fact that I bring a lot of versatility to their program," said Dowell, who can play both guard positions, small forward and even some power forward.
BUTLER CONNECTIONS: Two recent Journal Star players of the year are playing, or pledged to play at Butler. Alyssa Graves pitched in 30 games for the Bulldogs this season. She was 9-11 with a 2.69 ERA and struck out 121 batters in 125 innings. She was the 2017 Softball Player of the Year after leading East Peoria to second place in Class 3A that season. Limestone volleyball star Brittany Robinson signed her letter of intent to play at BU in November, when she was named 2017 Volleyball Player of the Year after leading the Rockets to a program-record 34 wins and the Class 3A Elite Eight.
"I don't know either of those girls (but) I do know a couple girls from Morton who currently go there," Dowell said.