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Standing 6-foot-8 and tipping the scales at 265 pounds, Civic Memorial senior Jakob Lowrance is a physical presence.
Get him on a basketball court and he shows what a presence he can be. Lowrance closed out his hoops career with the Eagles fourth all-time in scoring and tops in rebounds.
Lowrance will now take his skills to Division II Central Missouri next season, but before he goes he’s been named AdVantage News Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.
As a senior, Lowrance paced the Eagles with 19.5 ppg and 9.7 rpg. His 1.68 blocks per game was tops on the team, too. He helped lead CM to a 19-12 record and the program’s first regional title in 22 years.
“It was a really good season and it was everything coming full circle,” Lowrance said. “We’ve been trying to get a regional since I started playing as a sophomore. We’ve been getting better every year and myself and coach (Doug) Carey just wanted to win one before I got out of there and stop the drought and scoring just came as winning did. I don’t put that as my first priority. I just have to score sometimes for us to win. I just do what I have to do to try and get wins.”
Lowrance thought he evolved as a player in ‘14-15, becoming more versatile. He shot 35.5 percent (32 of 90) from 3-point land.
“I think I got more mobile,” he said. “I was able to get up and down the court a little better and I handled the ball a little more than I used to. Coach Carey gave me some freedom, let me play outside a little bit when people tried to clog up the inside. My biggest evolution was just my ability to be mobile and work on the outside, not just be an inside player.”
Lowrance showed his dominance over the final week of January, surpassing the 30-point plateau three times in four games. He thought that was when things started to click for the Eagles.
“Really what happened was I started getting hot and hitting my shots,” Lowrance said. “I wasn’t just hitting layups, but I was just shooting it well from the three, which I had struggled with early in the season. I was in the gym every day working on my shot and working on everything and it finally came around. I gained a little confidence and started playing my best basketball.”
Lowrance was limited by a meniscus tear he suffered early in the season. The injury hampered his jumping abilities much of the season. He plans to have surgery to repair it soon.
“I tore it probably the first couple weeks of the season,” he said. “It just started hurting really bad. I went and got the MRI and had a torn lateral meniscus and a cyst behind my knee. There were times when it hurt really bad and times where it didn’t. Even if it didn’t hurt I couldn’t really jump off of it. It didn’t really hold me back a ton, but I wish I could have seen what I could have done if I’d been 100 percent all year. I was at 70-80 percent all year on that knee.”
Now he strives for success for the Central Missouri Mules.
“I’m going to come in and play a lot right away,” Lowrance said. “Their coaching staff is young and hungry and I like their mentality. I need to be stronger, quicker and faster. I’m never satisfied. My whole game needs to get better every year while I’m in college.”