2009 Intro: Sam Dower

Sam Dower showed flashes of his potential on the basketball court during his sophomore season at Osseo (Minn.) High School. But by the end of his junior year, the power forward had helped the Orioles win 28 games and had earned some scholarship offers.

A 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward, Dower became a prominent player for Osseo this winter. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, scored in double figures in 23 of the Orioles' 29 games and recorded six double-doubles in points and rebounds.

Osseo won its first 28 games of the season but lost to Cooper 60-59 in the region finals. Dower, who led his team in rebounding and was second in scoring for the season, finished that game with 16 points.

"I can play inside and out and I'm kind of athletic," Dower said when asked to describe his game. "I can pass."

But the big man did admit to having one weakness in his game.

"I can't really dribble," he said.

Dower, who played primarily power forward and center for Osseo, will have plenty of time to work on that part of his game in college.

He already has scholarship offers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Saint Louis and Montana and said Northern Iowa, Marquette, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Cal State Northridge, Indiana State and George Mason have expressed interest.

"I get a lot of letters," Dower said. "I get a bunch of letters every day."

The most recent school to extend a scholarship offer was Saint Louis.

Apparently SLU coach Rick Majerus has become a fan of the Osseo junior.

"My high school coach told me he was coming to watch me play," Dower said. "Then he kept coming and contacting me more."

Majerus also has a new fan in Dower.

"He's a down to Earth guy — a good coach, I think," Dower said. "He can communicate well with the players."

Dower said Majerus is recruiting him to play either power forward or small forward. The Osseo junior is trying to set up a visit to the Saint Louis campus some time this summer.

Though he doesn't appear to be ready to make a decision on his college destination any time soon, the 6-9 forward from Minnesota admits to liking Saint Louis University and its coach.

"I wouldn't say it's my favorite, but I like it," Dower said. "I don't have a favorite right now. But I like Majerus and how he coaches."

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