The 2009 commit from Osseo, Minnesota kicked off his senior season last night against Henry Sibley High School. Sibley is one of the best teams in the state and is loaded with talent that includes four players 6'7'' or taller, including a 7 footer.
Dower's Osseo Orioles lost 64-51 but it was not without a fantastic effort from Sam Dower (right). The athletic big man had 22 points and 11 boards in the loss. According to reports, Dower was not dominant in the paint against the huge Sibley lineup. He instead got a majority of his points on fast breaks and in transition. Dower is known for his ability to run the floor and he showed that last night. He was also able to capitalize on put backs from the offensive glass.
The result wasn't what Sam wanted as Osseo fell but his versatility really shined last night. The fact that he already has good body control and good hands is a very positive thing for Gonzaga fans. Typically, big men take time to perfect body control but it looks like Sam will be able to come in right away and contribute. Good luck the rest of the way, Sam.