Former Idaho State University men’s basketball player Sam Dowd has been chosen to participate in this year’s Crawsover, a summer professional-amateur basketball league started by NBA veteran Jamal Crawford.
The league’s website calls the Crawsover “one of the premier competitive summer men’s basketball leagues in the United States featuring current and former professional, international, minor league and collegiate players filling the empty void of basketball in Seattle.” Games are played at Seattle Pacific University, are free to attend and occur on most weekends through Aug. 24. The league’s first games of the season were played Saturday.
After his ISU playing days ended, Dowd signed with the sports agency Worldwide Sports Management, which has a team in the Crawsover. Dowd is listed on the team’s 17-player roster that was posted Friday on Twitter.
Dowd hopes playing in the Crawsover alongside professional-caliber basketball talent helps him progress his goal of playing professional basketball.
“It’s a blessing,” Dowd said Saturday. “Hard work pays off, staying in the gym and not giving up on your dreams and on a sport that you love. I’m very fortunate and I’m very blessed to have this opportunity and showcase my talent against very great talent.”
Dowd’s Crawsover teammates include fellow Big Sky Conference basketball alumni Ahmaad Rorie (Montana), Jacob Wiley (Eastern Washington), Jesse Hunt (Eastern Washington) and Martin Breunig (Montana). Wiley was the Big Sky’s most valuable player following the 2016-17 season.
Dowd’s team won its opening game Saturday, 108-88 over Washington’s Finest. Dowd said he scored eight points, six of which came on 3-pointers.
“Making my debut was pretty cool,” said Dowd, whose rags-to-riches story has made national headlines. “Everybody kind of knows my story. Just to be on that court was something special.”
Dowd’s next game is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against PNW Rain, which features two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine.
Once Dowd’s summer in Seattle is over, he hopes to play professionally in the Philippines, where he achieved dual citizenship.
“Growing up, I used to dream about playing in (the Crawsover),” Dowd said. “It’s just crazy to see my name on a list with great players.”