By Isaiah Ballstaedt
Photo by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
Two years of consistency came to an end earlier than hoped for forward Nate Dow and the Wasatch High boys basketball team.
Dow, a Wasatch senior was one of 12 McDonald’s All American nominees in Utah this past season. As co-captain of the varsity basketball team, he led the Wasps in scoring and rebounding. In the first six games of the region schedule, Dow averaged 18.6 pts with 70% shooting and 34 rebounds.
For the season, the 6-foot-7 senior scored 16 points per night and pulled six rebounds, with a season high of 26 points coming against Kearns at the Riverton Holiday Classic. Wasatch picked up a big win against Provo Feb. 13 that put it in good position to reach the postseason, but back-to-back losses to close out the season left the Wasps at 6-6 in Region 8 play, in fifth place and one game out of the playoff mix behind 7-5 Provo.
As a top Wasatch athlete, Dow prepared for his final season in high school by playing in some tough tournaments during the spring and summer. Wasatch traveled to Las Vegas last spring for a tournament, hosted their first tournament at home, and played in a few team camps across the state.
But that wasn’t enough for Dow. He played with the Utah Prospects last summer, traveling to Houston, Atlanta, Long Beach, Las Vegas and Kansas City.
From the beginning, Dow has always loved the game of basketball. His mother always talks about how his first word was “ball,” and how much he loved to play growing up. Since being a little kid, Nate has grown to a tall, dark and handsome athlete.
Most would think being a good-looking athlete sets someone for life, but not Dow. He works his heart out on and off the court. Dow is one of 14 students at Wasatch High School with a 4.0 GPA.
“Nate truly is the ‘tip of the sword’ for our team on and off the court,” said Wasatch High head coach Jason Long. “He is relentless yet positive as a leader and understands the difference we can make in our school as well.”
Nate plans to serve an LDS mission right out of high school and on his return he would love to fulfill his lifelong dreams of playing college basketball. So far, he has opportunities to play at Westminster College in Salt Lake City or Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.