Former Gonzaga Bulldog Sam Dower Jr. is resuming his professional basketball career with his former team in Poland.
Dower, who missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, is returning to MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. He averaged 13.2 points and 6 rebounds for the Polish team in the 2015-16 season. Dower made 55 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 38 percent beyond the 3-point arc, and 76 percent at the free-throw line.
The Minnesota native played for Few Good Men in The Basketball Tournament this summer, another positive step in the rehabilitation of his knee. He led the team consisting mainly of former Zags with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, in an opening-round win over Team Utah at Lewis and Clark High. He said afterward his knee “feels great.”
The 6-foot-9 Dower averaged 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 137 career games at Gonzaga from 2011-14. He averaged 14.4 points and 7.2 boards to earn first-team All-WCC honors as a senior. His senior season highlights included a game-winning 3-pointer to lift visiting Gonzaga past Santa Clara 54-52 and a 26.5 point average in two wins over Loyola Marymount.
Dower played for teams in France and Latvia before his first stint with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza.