Osseo’s Dower hopes for great NBA Summer League showing

Former Oriole standout to play for Raptors summer league squad

Sam Dower will keep his NBA hopes going despite not having his name called in the June NBA Draft.

The former Osseo standout will play for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Summer League. That opportunity gives undrafted free agents a shot at making either the NBA they represent or making on an NBA squad elsewhere.

Sam Dower, a former Osseo standout, waits for the ball in a game with Gonzaga during his collegiate career. Dower will play for the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Summer League team on July 11-21. (Photo courtesy of Torrey Vail, Gonzaga athletics)

Sam Dower, a former Osseo standout, waits for the ball in a game with Gonzaga during his collegiate career. Dower will play for the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Summer League team on July 11-21. (Photo courtesy of Torrey Vail, Gonzaga athletics)

“It’s exciting,” Dower said. “It’s always been part of my dream.”

Dower had originally planned to play for the Portland, Ore. Trailblazers, but he opted for the Raptors instead. He had an individual workout for the NBA’s only Canadian team prior to the draft. Portland had not seen Dower in a pre-draft workout.

“I thought Toronto would be a better fit for me as far as seeing me playing,” Dower said.

The 6-9, 243-pound center began practicing with the Raptors summer league squad earlier this week. The Raptors play in the Las Vegas league with 23 other teams.

Toronto will tip off its first game on Saturday against the New York Knicks’ summer league squad. The season runs through July 21. It consists of three regular season games and then playoffs. All games can be viewed online at NBA.com or on NBA TV.

Dower played college basketball at Gonzaga and led the Zags in scoring and rebounds during his season season 14.6 points per game and 7.2 boards per game. He had a successful high school career at Osseo too including an average of 23.9 points and 11.5 rebounds.

 

 

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