At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Josiah Dow of West Charlotte.
We’ve seen Dow countless times throughout his playing career, including at our Phenom Open Run, where we stated, “Although there were numerous standout performers for Juice All-Stars, Dow was easily one of their more productive players in this contest. His strong, sturdy interior presence naturally led to an abundance of rebounds on both ends of the floor. Dow is active on the offensive glass but also highlights the ability to face up or score with his back to the basket.” Followed by his appearance at our Phenom Holiday Classic, where we stated, “While there were many different standouts for this group, Dow’s play is certainly worth recognizing. He’s a big, strong, sturdy post prospect with excellent touch around the basket and displays a quality arsenal of moves out of the post. Dow finishes well over either shoulder, can face-up or knock down perimeter jumpers, and rebounds effectively on both ends of the floor. He’s also a useful passer and isn’t afraid to utilize his body to overwhelm opposing interior players. Dow should have numerous opportunities to play at the next level.”
Given the way basketball has trended over the last decade, Dow is somewhat of a matchup problem for majority of post players. He’s quite skilled, particularly for his size, and capable of effectively operating from the block or from along the perimeter. Dow possesses soft touch with either hand, utilizes his body around the basket, and displays useful passing vision to cutting teammates. He’s a great two-way rebounder and understands how to make his presence consistently felt in transition. Dow simply knows how to provide a reliable interior presence on both ends of the floor. He embraces his identity and should have a strong variety of options to further his playing career at the next level.