Sam Dower Commits to Gonzaga

Sam Dower, a 6-foot-9 senior from Osseo (MN) High, has committed to Gonzaga during his visit, according to sources close to his recruitment. Dower had recently narrowed his list of schools to five (Marquette, Minnesota, California, Gonzaga and George Mason). Dower saw his stock rise with a strong showing this summer with the Net Gain Sports AAU program.

Sam Dower helped lead Net Gain to the title in the Twin Cities Summer Classic and win the Gold Division in the adidas Supper 64 in Las Vegas.

Dower led the Orioles to a 28-1 mark, losing to rival Robbinsdale Cooper 60-59 in the section finals. He averaged 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and scored in double figures in 23 of 29 games this past season, including a 23-point and 10-rebound effort versus Coon Rapids. The Orioles were dominant with just four games within 10 points as they outscored their opponents 76.0 points to 54.8.

Dower will take more of a leadership and scoring role this upcoming season with the loss of leading scorer Carrington Tankson (who is going to San Jacinto CC), Dan Brown (a two-sport standout who is going to Division II St. Thomas) and 7-foot center Zach Peterson (who is headed to Division II Minnesota State-Moorhead).

Dower is a skilled left-handed big man who has made great strides in the past year. He needs to continue to get stronger and improve his shotblocking and rebounding consistency.

Dower had received scholarship offers from Iowa, California, Penn State, St. Louis, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Gonzaga, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Minnesota, George Mason, Montana, Marquette, Illinois State, Santa Clara and Drake.

Dower was expected to visit George Mason next weekend and was at Marquette last weekend.

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