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Dower named WCC player of the week


Senior forward Sam Dower Jr., who had 46 points and 22 rebounds in Gonzaga’s two road wins and became the 37th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, was named WCC player of the week.

Dower, nearing full strength after suffering a lower back injury against Kansas State on Dec. 21, has scored 44 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in his last 46 minutes of playing time. He’s averaging 14 points on 61.5-percent shooting this season. He leads GU in scoring at 14.6 in WCC games.

—Gonzaga (16-3, 6-1 WCC) moved up three spots to No. 21 in the USA Today rankings. The Bulldogs were 28th with 59 votes in the A.P. Top 25.

Dower “day to day”

Gonzaga returned to practice on Christmas Day and it was Media Day on Thursday at the MAC. Sam Dower Jr.'s health was the main topic of discussion but it's still not clear if the senior forward will be able to play in the WCC opener against Santa Clara.

The guess here is Dower's lower back will have to make measurable improvement in the next 48 hours if he plans on playing Saturday. He's limping — nothing like Saturday when he hobbled off the court — and hasn't practiced the last two days.

Meanwhile, Kevin Pangos' right toe is getting better, but it appears to be one of those nagging injuries that will be with the junior guard for quite a while.

More below in my unedited article that will run in Friday's S-R.


GU’s Dower makes his points

Gonzaga sophomore forward Sam Dower is an offensive force, an accomplished scorer inside and out with a feathery touch. He's the kind of player that can put up points in hurry (think Austin Daye, Adam Morrison, etc.). He's also rounding into a more complete player as he's taken strides defensively and rebounding.

I checked in with Dower and Ray Giacoletti, the GU assistant coach who helped recruit the 6-foot-9 Minnesotan, earlier this week and put together this feature that will run in Thursday's S-R.

Programming note: I'll be joining Tom Hudson, Richard Fox and host Toby Howell for another edition of GU Roundtable on KGA 1510-AM at 5 tonight. You can tune in on-line at the KGA Website:

GU notes

I put together a notebook from Monday's media day with topics ranging from David Stockton and Mike Hart (pictured above) being put on a scholarship for the rest of the year to Sam Dower's improvement to the WCC race at the halfway point.

GU now has 12 players on scholarship (13 is the NCAA limit). 

One note that didn't make the notes. Rob Sacre, who spends quite a bit of time visiting relatives in Louisiana in the offseason, was asked to predict a Super Bowl winner. 

“I hate both teams so I don't really care,” Sacre said. “I just know that the Saints are going to the Super Bowl the next five years so it doesn't really matter.”

—Saint Mary's senior Mickey McConnell and Portland freshman Tim Douglas shared player of the week honors. McConnell scored 27 points and hit the game-winner against Gonzaga. Douglas, in his first two career starts, scored 40 points in Pilots' wins over San Diego and Saint Mary's.

Krazy start for GU basketball

Gonzaga officially launched the 2010-11 season with Kraziness in the Kennel on Friday. Click here to read my article that will run in Saturday’s S-R.

Zags opener; Dower, Stockton slated to redshirt

Just put together a few paragraphs on Gonzaga’s season opener Saturday. There are a couple of players updates, courtesy of GU’s game release, below.

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