Catching Up Cardinal: Peter Prowitt
Former Cardinal basketball player Peter Prowitt ['08] will take on perhaps his most daunting opponent in early June of 2009 when he goes head to head with the Law School Admission Test.
The LSAT is a comprehensive measurement that generates graphic horror stories from decades of aspiring politicians and lawyers.
"Those (stories) aren't that far off," Prowitt confirmed. "It's not a fun test for which to prepare."
In the midst of priming for the biggest examination of his life, Prowitt is actively searching for jobs in his field. He has been running up and down Capitol Hill looking for an opportunity as a staff assistant or legislative correspondent where he would learn the ropes of the political profession.
"Right now I've been looking to get a little real world experience," stated Prowitt. "I've spent the last couple of weeks on The Hill in D.C. interviewing for jobs in a number of different senatorial and house offices. It is a tough time to come out of college and look for jobs, but the government is still hiring and it's a fun time to be here."
Growing up in nearby Arlington, Va., Prowitt has always been intrigued by the political landscape. He earned a degree in Political Science from Stanford, and gained experience working in a U.S. Senator's office and lobbying firm in Washington D.C prior to graduating.
"It's been something that I've been interested in for a long time," Prowitt iterated. "I remember my first year at Stanford I had CSPAN on in the dorm and my roommate looked at me like I was crazy. It's just much more of a staple in your everyday life in D.C."
Prowitt may be roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol soon, but for many moons he was prowling the hardcourt of Maples Pavilion.
"Coming from Virginia, (Stanford) wasn't really a school that was on my radar," Prowitt said. "Mike Montgomery called me and told me, 'If you choose to commit we don't have to recruit your position any further' so that made my decision process much easier."
Like so many other Cardinal basketball players, Prowitt enjoyed a steady stream of success during his Stanford campaign from 2004 to 2008. His freshman year was the only season he didn't compete in the NCAA Tournament, and during his senior year the team advanced to the Sweet 16.
Prowitt has followed Cardinal Basketball very closely during his first season removed from the team, and thinks the future of the program is bright under new head coach Johnny Dawkins.
"Missing the tournament this year was just part of the natural ebb and flow of things so I think it's still a great time to be a Card fan. I do have a lot confidence in Coach Dawkins and the core of guys they have. The guys respond to him really well and I think Stanford is lucky to have him."
Stanford Basketball is a brotherhood and Prowitt remains in touch with many of his former Cardinal teammates.
"I actually called Kenny Brown and spoke with a bunch of the guys before their Wichita State game," which Stanford won, 70-56, in the CBI Quarterfinals. "We had a really good group of guys every year I was at Stanford so it is great to have friendships that have carried on afterwards."
Taj Finger, a good friend of Prowitt's and the only other player in his recruiting class, is dominating for the Tromso Storm of the Norwegian Basketball Premier League, and is one of two U.S.-born players on the team. Many American players try their hand at playing overseas because of better opportunity to keep playing and a chance to make some money.
Josh Childress, another Stanford alum, turned down a multi-year offer from the Atlanta Hawks prior to this season and bolted for Greece and a much larger paycheck. When asked if he expects more and more players to start playing outside of their homeland for more money, Prowitt provided an interesting prospective.
"I think the current economic climate is such that I would be surprised if guys went overseas. I think a lot of the guys that tested that market this year realized that it is definitely possible to have a negative experience in terms of being paid on time or being paid at all. I think when people have less money to throw around and less room to live, as is the current situation, they will more likely fall back and stay at home to play ball."
Prowitt also explored the foreign professional basketball scene after departing from Stanford. The 6-10, 245-pound center played for five months for the "BG 74" squad located in Central Germany, and was a starter on the team.
"It was fun to play whole games again," laughed Prowitt, who lost significant playing time his last two seasons at Stanford because of the Lopez twins. "I had a good experience living overseas, but there was definitely a big learning curve. In that regard, I think there were a lot of life lessons and I learned a lot about myself."
With two degenerated and three herniated discs in his back, Prowitt unfortunately was forced to hang up the sneakers and retire from basketball.
"Truth be told, I am really glad I (played in Germany) but I think I am in the right place now."
Even though Prowitt didn't rack up significant athletic honors during his tenure as a Stanford student, he was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team his junior year and was a First Team selection his senior season. Prowitt admits that while in school these accolades were significant, but they didn't mean nearly as much to him as they do now.
"Now that I'm going out and interviewing for jobs, being on the conference All-Academic Team really says something," Prowitt stated. "It's a big thing for kids and college athletes to try and do their best in both because one day you might tear your knee and your basketball career can be extremely altered or shortened."
Young Mr. Prowitt seems to have prepared himself adequately for just such a scenario.
During his time in Germany, Prowitt contributed a handful of blogs to Streetball.com, which is a hip-hop hoops website run by a couple of notable former Stanford basketball players, David Moseley and Ryan Mendez, members of the Cardinal's much-celebrated Final Four team of 1998.
An excerpt from one of those blogs: "I nod off and think what a wonderful thing it is to live with a purpose, and how eagerly I wait to find mine."
So, The Bootleg asked Peter Prowitt, has he found his purpose in life?
"I think I am a little bit closer, but I don't know how many people you can ask that question of that can unequivocally say 'yes'. You learn a little bit more every year and you try to improve, and get closer. I'm really excited about tackling a new challenge, and think I am in a good place right now."
About the Author: Scott Cooley is a seasoned sports writer who was groomed as a reporter for ESPN.com, and he most recently served as the media relations manager for the San Jose SaberCats arena football team. He earned a Business and Economics degree from Hendrix College where he also played baseball. Cooley has a passion for producing sports content, and his writing evokes thought into the minds of his readers with a witty and entertaining style. He is a freelance writer who has been published on multiple media platforms and is always looking for additional opportunities. Cooley and his wife, Christina, reside in Palo Alto where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Stanford. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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