Big Man Dower Getting More Interest

Sam Dower is a 6-9, 200-pound forward/center who has been rumored to be interested in Indiana. Dower talks about the contact he's had with IU Coach Tom Crean, and whether or not the Hoosiers have targeted him for 2009...

Bloomington – Sam Dower is getting more recruiting attention these days and he'd like to make his college decision before his senior year of high school gets underway.

But it doesn't sound as if Indiana is a place he's likely to end up.

While there different stories suggesting the Hoosiers were among the favorites for the 6-9, 200-pound forward/center from Osseo, Minn., Dower said he's had very little contact from Indiana.

"I haven't talked to them," Dower said. "Coach Crean talked to me when he was at Marquette, but I haven't talked to him since he got to Indiana."

Instead, Dower has been hearing from the likes of St. Louis, George Mason, Northern Iowa, Marquette, Iowa State, Minnesota, Wichita State, Indiana State and Illinois State. He recently competed at an Elite Camp at St. Louis, and has been adding schools to his list as more coaches become familiar with his game.

The interest in Dower has picked up as of late thanks to some very good efforts during the AAU season with Net Gain Sports. After playing primarily in the post for an Osseo H.S. team that went 28-1 last season, Dower has shown off a wider array of skills this spring and summer.

"In high school I play mostly at center, but with AAU I get to play the 4 and the 5 and sometimes the 3 also," Dower said. "Coaches said they like that I can play in the post as a straight center, but that I'm also capable of going outside and shooting the 3 or dribbling and taking it to the rim."

Dower, who averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a junior, said he does have some important pieces of criteria when it comes time to make a decision.

"Whether or not it's close to home is important, and how they want to use me," Dower said.

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