Low­ery’s suc­cess in hoops con­tin­ues abroad

McDonough High School grad signs con­tract in Turkey

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twitter: @aj­ma­son301

When asked how long he will be play­ing the game of bas­ket­ball, Rob Low­ery sim­ply stated about four or more five years.

Since mak­ing his mark as a combo guard for the NCAA Divi­sion I Day­ton Fly­ers of the At­lantic 10 Con­fer­ence, the 2005 McDonough High School grad­u­ate is sim­ply en­joy­ing play­ing pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball over­seas un­til that time comes.

The 29-year-old will en­ter his eighth sea­son on the pro cir­cuit, re­cently sign­ing an­other con­tract to play in Turkey for An­talyas­por, a team in the se­cond divi­sion.

Last sea­son, Low­ery played for BC As­tana Tigers in Kaza­khstan and has pre­vi­ously made ca­reer stops in Czech Repub­lic, Italy, Greece and Latavia.

This will be the se­cond time in his ca­reer that the 6-foot-2 point guard has played in Turkey, pre­vi­ously play­ing for Best Ba­like­sir Bas­ket­bol Ku­lubu in the 2012-13 sea­son.

Low­ery is set to leave the states on Aug. 15 to pre­pare for the sea­son.

“For the most part once you get my age and to this point of my ca­reer it is al­ways good to sign a con­tract,” said Low­ery, who signed the con­tract on July 23. “This is the big­gest con­tract that I’ve ever had in my ca­reer. Turkey is a beau­ti­ful coun­try, I love it there. The peo­ple are amaz­ing and they love bas­ket­ball. It is awe­some to sign to a coun­try that I’ve been and com­fort­able with. I’m ex­cited to play for such a great team.”

De­spite be­ing able to travel the world, meet new peo­ple and ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent cul­tures, Low­ery does not take hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity of be­ing a pro lightly, al­ways be­ing hum­bled by it all.

“I al­ways tell my­self that I’m blessed and that work hard pays off,” he said. “I al­ways felt like I could play in the NBA, I never have given up on that dream. Some­times your life takes a turn and takes you to dif­fer­ent places. I’ve been able to travel the world and it has been a great ride. For me to see all th­ese dif­fer­ent cul­tures is spe­cial and is a unique sit­u­a­tion.”

In his pre­vi­ous sea­son, Low­ery led BC As­tana to the Kaza­khsan Na­tional League cham­pi­onship and the Kaza­khsan Cup ti­tle. He av­er­aged 16 points for the Tigers.

It was Low­ery’s se­cond cham­pi­onship of his ca­reer, also lead­ing VEF Riga in Latavia to the league cham­pi­onship in 2015. He also won the Ger­man Cup in 2016.

“It was a great run and it felt good to win an­other cham­pi­onship in my ca­reer. That is al­ways the goal,” he said.

While in the states for the sum­mer, Low­ery spends his time off the court with his 5-yearold daugh­ter Ha­vanah, friends and fam­ily.

Low­ery played sev­eral times in the an­nual Good­man Sum­mer League at Barry Farms in Wash­ing­ton D.C., one of the top sum­mer leagues in the coun­try which fea­tures pro­fes­sional, col­lege and street­ball leg­ends.

“I’ve been work­ing out, but for the most part I got a lot of rest be­cause it is a long sea­son and you have to be ready for the gru­el­ing sched­ule,” said Low­ery, who has played in the Good­man league since his col­lege days.

Af­ter not be­ing re­cruited out of high school, Low­ery at­tended Ch­e­sa­peake Com­mu­nity Col­lege for his fresh­man sea­son and then trans­ferred to Ce­cil Com­mu­nity Col­lege the fol­low­ing sea­son where he led it to a 31-1 record and a No. 1 rank­ing in the na­tion, boast­ing JUCO All-Amer­i­can hon­ors in which he av­er­aged 18.2 points, 8.7 as­sists, 4.2 re­bounds and 2.1 steals a game.

Low­ery then went to Day­ton for his ju­nior cam­paign, help­ing to lead the Fly­ers to a 23-2 record be­fore tear­ing a patella ten­don in his right knee.

That sea­son he was the first player off the bench and led the team in scor­ing five times in a game, av­er­ag­ing 7.5 points and 3.4 as­sists a game dur­ing that span.

In his fi­nal sea­son, Low­ery con­tin­ued to play a key role as backup point guard, help­ing to lead the Fly­ers to a 25-12 over­all record and a NIT cham­pi­onship with a 79-68 vic­tory over the North Carolina Tar Heels.

While at McDonough, Low­ery was a three-year var­sity player and started at point guard in his ju­nior and se­nior sea­sons.

As a ju­nior, he helped the Rams to a 20-plus win sea­son, a Class 3A South Re­gion ti­tle and a 3A state tour­na­ment berth. In his se­nior sea­son, Low­ery av­er­aged 17.2 points a game and led the pro­gram to its first South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle and the team reached the re­gion fi­nal game. He was named SMAC’s Most Out­stand­ing Player. One of Low­ery’s big­gest games when he scored 24 points against Thomas Stone, hit­ting an off-bal­ance three-pointer at the end of reg­u­la­tion to force over­time.

“It has been a great ride,” Low­ery said. “Bas­ket­ball has taken me to a lot of places and I will con­tinue to en­joy it as long as I can. There has been so many mem­o­ries that I will cher­ish for­ever.”

PHOTO BY JEFF GARVIN

2005 McDonough High School grad­u­ate Rob Low­ery re­cently played in the the Good­man Sum­mer League at Barry Farms in Wash­ing­ton D.C., one of the top sum­mer leagues in the coun­try which fea­tures pro­fes­sional, col­lege and street­ball leg­ends. Low­ery enters his eighth sea­son play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally over­seas, sign­ing a con­tract on July 23 to play in Turkey.

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