November 22, 2012; Buena Vista, FL, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Sam Dower (35) shoots as Clemson Tigers center Landry Nnoko (35) defends in the first half of the Old Spice Classic at the HP Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
No. 1- Sam Dower (Gonzaga)
By Josh Horton
Sam Dower is essentially instant offense from the post position. The tall and lanky Dower is coming into his senior season, and will be looking to provide some more of that instant offense to the Gonzaga team throughout this season. However, he will most likely assume a brand new role for the Zags this season. In his 3 year Gonzaga career, Dower only started 7 games, and that was partly because Kelly Olynyk was suspended. This season, with Olynyk and Elias Harris gone, Dower will step into the starting lineup. Because of this, Dower will see big minutes, and it will interesting to see how he handles that volume of playing time. As a sophomore, Dower had some enormous games (20 points @ Xavier and 18 @ Santa Clara), but wasn’t really able to replicate that magic during his junior year. Defenders were able to pick up on the lefty’s post moves, and Dowers offense arsenal was in a sense, exposed last season. Dower will need to expand his post game in order to keep defenders honest. On top of that, Dower will need to become a better shot blocker and rebounder in order to become a more complete player. At this point of his career, Dower is a decent player and to become a great player he will need to do the previously listed things.