The Gonzaga Bulldogs have found consistent success in recent years thanks to dominant front courts. From Robert Sacre to Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk, the Zags’ success has started in the post. This season, they will have to lean on some untested big men to defend their WCC title which opens up the opportunity for role players to enjoy more opportunities to shine. That sets the stage for Sam Dower to enjoy a breakout senior season.
Over the last three years, Dower has been a solid contributor off the bench for Mark Few. The 6-foot-9 power forward can be a dynamic threat on the offensive end of the court with the athleticism to get to the rim along with a shooting touch that allows him to step out and sink mid-range shots with regularity. He’s averaged just around 7.5 points per game over his first three seasons but should see a healthy boost to that production as a starter this season.
Mark Few believes in Dower and will need him to back up that faith as the Zags are short on options in the post. Outside of Dower, the only legitimate post presence on the roster is sophomore 7-footer Przemek Karnowski and Few needs both big men to log major minutes this season. Karnowski has the size to dominate but Dower has the experience and must step up as a leader in the front court.
For Gonzaga to defend their WCC crown and make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament, they will need someone to step up in their front court. Dower has the length and athleticism to be a difference-maker in this lineup and capitalize on his expanded role to enjoy a breakout campaign this season.