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Kenny Lowe

        Class of                        1999
        School                          Gary West HS, IN
        Height and Weight               6'4  185lbs
        Position                        PG/2G
        97-98 Ratings                   #283 (HS) ==> #127 (HS)
        98-99 Ratings                   #192 (HS)
        Academically Eligible           Yes
        Status                          Signed Purdue
        AAU team                        Spiece South 17 (1998)

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Player Summary

Kenny Lowe is a combo guard from Gary West High that is a real key to the success of the team. Part of the current Gary West squad that also went undefeated in junior high, Lowe's abilities are increasing the more he gets to function in the offense. His junior varsity and sophomore years had him at the point, dishing and setting up his teammates. With talented big guys such as all-state candidate Vincent Hart, the idea was to get it to the scorers and take the open shot when available. During his sophomore year and into his junior year, Westside coach Ike Brown told him to score more...and he did. Brown has been happy with the guard's development, going from a "pass first, shoot second" mentality to being a threat on offense full time. Lowe is the team's best freethrow shooter, and according to his coach, is also one of the team's hardest working players in practice. He is also credited with understanding the offense well and making good decisions. He is a decent slasher and does a good job of handling the ball. He is working on overcoming turnover problems when faced with pressure defense. Brown further describes him as a true point guard, but a player that can play the 1, 2, and 3 positions well in high school. His unselfishness has made him a team favorite not only with the big guys, but also with his fellow guards. Lowe played junior varsity his first year, then went on to average 14.6 points and 5.1 assists per game as a varsity sophomore. His junior year saw his scoring average rise to 17.8 points per game, while his assists fell to a 1.1 average. Three of Westside's five losses in 97-98 came at the hands of Chicago teams. In two of those games, Lowe lead all scorers with 26 and 28 points as the defense doubled and tripled down on Vincent Hart, limiting him at 9 and 13 points. In the third game against Chicago King, the defensive pressure focused on Lowe, limiting him to 14 points while Hart exploded for 24. The inside-outside duo hopes to continue the relationship in college, as they are both looking at the same schools. Lowe scored a career-high 34 points on 1/10/99 against Plainfield. Lowe verbally committed to Purdue on September 25, 1998.

Current Player News

7-25-99...The Indiana All-Star team took third place in last week's fourth annual Wendy's Classic. In the third place game against Michigan, which is in rebroadcast on Chicago SportsChannel, Indiana maintained a near double-digit lead for most of the game and ran off with a 122-89 victory. Kenny Lowe finished with five points, four rebounds and three assists. Lowe played the role of primary ballhandler for most of the game when Jason Gardner was on the bench. The defense did not apply tough fullcourt pressure, allowing Lowe little trouble bringing the ball up the court. While not an ideal point guard, he does have a good handle on the ball, a great first step that sends him like a bolt of lightning to the basket, and is always a threat to dish a perfect pass on a hard drive. Lowe should be able to fill in at the point if Purdue needs his help, but will be more effective as a 2-guard, slashing to the basket from the wing. 6-26-99...The Indiana Boys All-Star team completed the series sweep tonight against the Kentucky All-Stars, 94-91. Unofficially, I have Lowe with 9 points and a ton of great defense on Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Rick Jones. The shots I can remember came from a baseline floater over three defenders, a 12-foot baseline jumper, and five of six freethrows. But more impressive was his defense against Kentucky's Rick Jones who will play for Kevin Stallings next year at Vandy. Jones is a kid who scores 34 points in the state championship game this year, but was held to only five point until Lowe went out with three minutes remaining. Wouldn't you know it, with Lowe on the bench, Jones would come back in the game and hit a clutch three with 14 seconds remaining to pull Kentucky within one. Two freethrows from Jason Gardner sealed the victory and the sweep. Stats will be added tomorrow below. We will also be posting any scouting reports fans may have... "I joined the game six minutes before the end of the first half and thought the game was over. No defense at all. Very scrappy play, with Indiana in a big hole. Didn't see Lowe until the second half. Showed nice legs when he hit a jumper from the baseline. When you play with Jason Gardner you can't expect to get many good looks when he looks to score more than pass. Lowe excelled on defense on the Kentucky Mr Basketball. He was much stronger. Followed him everywhere on the court. Completely disrupting his game. The only open look the kid had was a 30 footer, which he took and badly missed. Played at the two most of the game, but also collapsed into the post quite often. Very versatile. Was hoping to see him bring the ball up the floor more to see if he could fill in at point for Purdue next year. After seeing him slash to the basket, I think I'd rather see Lewis at the point and Lowe at the two. Great sweep. Very ugly first half. Great second half." (scouting report by Jay) "I checked out Lowe for the first time tonight in the all-star game. He's a two-guard for sure. His first step is one of the best and defenders can't smother him because he will blow right past them. A definite baseline player in this game. Sharp from the line and very athletic. Heard he is going into engineering and finished 17th in his class. I hope the staff finds more players like him." (scouting report by anonymous) 6-25-99...The Indiana Senior Stars swept the 1999 series with the Junior All-Stars on Wednesday with a 130-117 victory. Nearly perfect from the floor, Lowe finished with 14 points, third on the team. (stats below) 6-21-99...The Boys and Girls Senior All-Star teams defeated their Kentucky rivals on Saturday in the last game to be held in Market Square Arena. The Indiana Boys beat Kentucky 92-72 and stretched a 17 point halftime lead into the final 20 point margin. Lowe and Jason Gardner shared two team high honors. While the two players had 5 assists each, they both also committed six turnovers a piece. Lowe shot 2 of 5 for 4 points, plus added three rebounds and one steal. The Senior All-Stars next travel to Connersville this Wednesday to scrimmage against the Junior All-Star team, then travel to Lexington to again face the Kentucky All-Star team. 6-16-99...The Senior All-Stars defeated the Junior All-Stars 127-113 Wednesday night at Center Grove HS. In 17 minutes, Lowe finished with 8 points shooting 67-percent from the floor and added 6 boards, 5 assists and 1 steal. He missed his only perimeter attempt, but was more effective in this game slashing to the basket and dishing off to the forwards. He's still got that great elevation that allows him to get his jumper off and go inside and rebound. The Seniors will next face the Kentucky All-Stars this Saturday in Market Square Arena. The Indianapolis Star has an article talking a little about Lowe's academics and his play for the Senior All-Stars. 5-11-99...USA TODAY named Lowe to their All-USA honorable mention team. 4-19-99...Lowe has been named an Indiana All-Star by the Indianapolis Star. The guard heavey team should feature a three-guard lineup, which should allow Lowe to really showcase his talents. For a look at the roster, go to the "Honor Teams" page. Also on Sunday, Lowe scored 11 points for the North in the Reebok Classic All-Star game. The North defeated the South 118-107. 4-11-99...So you lose a game by a wide margin, your opponent scores 110 points on you, and you can only manage 1 point in the first half. Having a bad day? That's how it was for Kenny Lowe in this weekend's all-star game pitting the Indiana Stars against the Illinois Stars. But to Kenny's credit, he came back to score 20 points in the second half to win the MVP award. As we have heard this before from Lowe's AAU coach Bob Widmeyer, Lowe is capable at any time to go on a run and score 20 points, which is what he showed against Illinois. In talking with Widmeyer today, he believes Lowe is talented enough to be an option at point guard at Purdue next year. 4-3-99...The Times has named Lowe first team All-Area. Kenny's friend and summer teammate Ricky Wright had this to say about Lowe's skills..."I've played with Kenny a lot over the past few summers, so I know his game. He is by far the best guard in the Region. Everybody says he can drive, but I was really impressed by his perimeter shot. Me and him were recruited by the same schools and there was one constant, they all loved his defense. All of them. And in the summer, he never backed down from anyone in the country." Lowe will also play in the Reebok North/South All-Star Classic in Connersville on April 18th. Click this link for info on the game and a look at the rosters. 3-12-99...Lowe looked to be headed to a new career high after the first quarter of the Regional matchup with #5 Merrillville, scoring 10 points by the beginning of the second quarter of play. Merrillville turned up the pressure on Lowe, holding him to 2 of 9 shooting for the rest of the game. Lowe's only two baskets in the final three quarters came from the perimeter, while his first five came from inside the arc. But it wasn't the pressure on Lowe that led to Merrilville's 70-60 victory over West Side, but rather their aggressive interior defense on 6'9 Vincent Hart and 6'9 Patrick Danley. The two imposing post players finished with a combined 19 points. Merrillville's tallest player is 6'6 Jake Argenta, who finished with 13 points. The game wasn't actually lost until late in the fourth quarter, when Merrillville could taste the victory and West Side shot itself in the foot with mental mistakes. A player to watch is Merrillville sophomore Lonnie Randolph, who is an impressive ballhandler, dribbling his way around and through West's pressure defense. 3-6-99...Kenny Lowe led all scorers with 17 as #7 Gary West coasted to a 17 point victory over East Chicago, 59-42. Ricky Wright led East Chicago with 11 points. Gary West will travel to the Michigan City Regionals next Friday to face #5 Merrillville. Having fun with the Sagarins again, Gary West (93.41) is favored over Merrillville (88.78) by 4.5 points. Merrillville has the best season record of the two (20-3), but is the underdog due to the easier schedule (rated the 87th toughest in the state compared to Gary West having the 33rd toughest). 3-5-99...Gary West defeated Wirt 68-54 to set up a Sectional final showdown with East Chicago Central. Indiana born basketball stats guru Jeff Sagarin has Gary West (15-4) at #3 in the state among all programs and East Chicago (15-7) at #33 (rating through games on or before 3/4/99). According to Sagarin's numbers, Gary West is favored by 8 points. Kenny Lowe led all scorers with 20 points in the win over Wirt. 1-23-99...Lowe continues to shine for Gary West, but this time in an overtime loss to Illinois' Providence St. Mel in the Hoops In The Loop tournament, 77-71. Lowe led all scorers with 25, in a game that witnessed a staggering 58 fouls and 52 turnovers. Westside was in a position to win it, but killed themsleves with blown layups and missed freethrows. 12-19-98...The first round matchups for the Chicago Public Schools Athletic Association boys basketball tournament Dec. 21-23 at the UIC Pavilion have been announced. 9:00A Memphis Melrose vs Dunbar 10:30A Philadelphia Simon Gratz vs Vocational 12:00P Providence-St. Mel vs Marshall 1:30P Asbury Park (N.J.) vs Westinghouse 4:15P Memphis Raleigh Egypt vs Simeon 5:45P Gary Westside vs Steinmetz 7:15P Thornton vs Young 9:00P Minneapolis Patrick Henry vs King 12-12-98...It wasn't Lowe in all the foul trouble in this game, rather teammate Vincent Hart. Milwaukee Vincent, ranked 24th in the nation, used smothering half court defense and packed the middle, holding Westside to 29 percent shooting for the evening in a 54-41 loss in Chicago. Lowe led Westside in points (15), boards (5), and assists (3). 12-11-98...It was a trapping, matchup, halfcourt zone that spelled disaster for Chesterton as they fell to Gary West 62-34. The Westside Cougars scored 25 of the games final 28 points with Vincent Hart leading all scorers with 18 points. The Cougars held Buscher to 12 points, placing both Buscher and Westside's Kenny Lowe in foul trouble. Westside next travels to Chicago to face the #24 team in the nation, Milwaukee Vincent. 10-19-98...Lowe visited Mackey for Purdue's annual Mackey Magic exhibition this past weekend. This wasn't the first for Lowe, who said he had visited for the exhibition several times before. 9-25-98...Kenny isn't waiting for November. Kenny Lowe became the first half of Purdue's 1999-2000 recruiting class on Thursday when he verballed to the Boilers. Purdue's academic reputation for engineering was a positive for Lowe, as was the fact Purdue will have several faces familiar to Lowe on the team (Gary McQuay, Greg McQuay, Jamaal Davis and Carson Cunningham). Lowe chose Purdue over Michigan, Minnesota, Navy, Wichita State and Princeton. For more details on the announcement, go to this article from the TimesOnline. 9-22-98...According to Coach Boyd at Gary West, Keady set up a home visit with Kenny that went very well. As of last Thursday, Lowe had yet to make an official visit to the Purdue campus, but plans to do so. Purdue is said to be the favorite at the moment over Michigan (also had a home visit) and Minnesota. Lowe is an excellent student and plans on studying engineering in college. Boyd says Lowe will likely wait until November to make a decision. 7-1-98...Peegs from the IU Basketball Recruiting Site attended the Indiana AAU State Tournament last weekend, and has this scouting report on Kenny Lowe. 6-24-98...A couple of new names have come up in relation to Lowe. Butler University has reportedly offered, and Lowe will be taking an unofficial visit to Michigan in the next week. According to the Michigan recruiting page, Michigan is also after Vincent Hart, which could make Michigan even more appealing to Lowe. 4-30-98...Lowe will be playing in Mackey Arena this weekend along with his AAU team "Spiece North". Spiece's early games are on FRI 6:00P Court 2 (IAF), FRI 9:00P Court 10 (Co-Rec) and SAT 2:00P Court 3 (IAF). The interesting matchup comes during the Saturday game, when Spiece takes on No Excuses, a team featuring Jason Gardner, Brody Boyd, John Stewart, Gavin Groninger, Krunti Hester and other top Indiana talent. 4-17-98...Kenny Lowe joins teammate Vincent Hart on The Times "All- Region Team" this year. Hammond's Jermaine Boyette (signed with Weber State) had this to say: "He was the man on their team. He was the one. Down low, he was real physical. He was very strong, but real, real quick. And if you jumped out to defend the outside shot, he'd blow right past you. He did it to me. He did it to a lot of people. I like his game. Very explosive. I like his game." 4-8-98...Rumors floated around last summer about a possible future package deal between three players that wished to play together in college... Vincent Hart, Kenny Lowe and Austin Parkinson. In conversation with Gary West head coach Ike Brown, the Hart and Lowe package is being pushed at the moment. "It is something they are seriously considering," said Brown. Other schools getting looks from Hart and Lowe are DePaul, Seton Hall and Providence. Rumors have DePaul already offering both players. 3-3-98...Gary West enters the 1998 IHSAA tournament as the #6 team according to end of the season Sagarin calculations. Westside (92.61) has a first round match against the #7 team East Chicago (91.25) at East Chicago. But with a Sagarin home court advantage figured in, East Chicago is favored by 2 points. In the second game will be the winner of the Gary Roosevelt (69.41) / Hammond (82.16) game. The East Chicago sectional rates as the state's 12th toughest sectional, but pits two top 10 teams in the first game. West finished the regular season ranked #6 according to the Sagarin rating system, which figures in opponent strength, schedule strength, and margin of victory. West had the state's 89th toughest schedule, finishing 1-1 against top 25 teams and 2-1 against teams rated among the top 64. Westside defeated East Chicago earlier this season, giving EC their only loss. Westside's three losses to Illinois high school teams are not figured into the Sagarin ratings. Sagarin ratings are furnished by Jeff Sagarin at the Indiana High School Basketball Ratings Page on his website. Refer to this site to figure out how to approximate winners and margin of victory. 12-29-97...A look at the team from the TimesOnline. 12-15-97...Kenny Lowe may not get much national attention from the recruiting rags, but he is appreciated by his teammates and coach. "Kenneth is an excellent penetrator and ball-handler," said Vincent Hart. "He's got everything. He's got the total package, even though he won't admit it." Cougars coach Ike Brown likes his work ethic, even in practice. "When he ties his shoes and comes to practice, he goes all out everyday." 12-14-97...Fellow backcourt teammate Jeffrey Sims gets a lot of credit from Lowe for helping Lowe improve his game since joining the varsity. "Kenny does a real good job of handling the ball and going to the hole," said Sims. "He handles the pressure a lot and handles it pretty well. Sometimes, when defenses double-up on him, I take over and vice versa. It's sort of a brotherly kind of thing. We stay after practice a lot -- about three times a week until 8 p.m. -- doing drills together and working on our games." 9-26-97...The rumor of the summer related to Purdue focuses in on a handful of Purdue prospects thinking of playing together. It is an interesting combination. Lowe has been flirting with the idea that he might want to go to college with 6'8 Gary West teammate Vincent Hart. But Lowe became good friends with another Purdue recruit over the summer, Austin Parkinson. Now all three are entertaining the idea of playing together in college. Hart became impressed with the guard tandem when their Spiece squad defeated Hart's team this summer. With both Lowe and Hart rising juniors and Austin a rising sophomore, it will be interesting to see if this package deal works out. Hart may have competition for a Purdue spot from 6'6 post player Ricky Wright from East Chicago Central. Wright played on the Spiece team this summer with Lowe and Parkinson, and performed well enough to lead one former Boiler player to predict he will be unstoppable if he grows a couple more inches.

Single Game Statistics

DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS -------------------------------------------------- 07-21-99 4 3 5 Won 122- Michigan AS 89 06-23-99 7 8 0 0 0 0 14 Won 130- Junior AS 117 06-19-99 2 5 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 1 4 Won 92- Kentucky AS 72 06-16-99 17 4 6 0 0 0 1 6 5 0 1 8 Won 127- Junior AS 113 04-18-99 1 11 Won 118- South AS 107 03-12-99 7 13 2 2 2 18 Lost 60- #5 Merrillville 70 03-05-99 17 Won 59- East Chicago 42 03-04-99 5 10 8 9 2 2 2 20 Won 68- Gary Wirt 54 03-02-99 3 6 6 1 13 Won 62- Gary Wallace 52 01-23-99 8 8 8 3 25 Lost 71- Providence St Mel 77 01-10-99 4 34 Lost 86- Plainfield 87 12-18-98 6 3 4 1 16 Won 94- Chicago Manley 69 12-12-98 4 15 3 4 4 9 5 3 15 Lost 41- #24 M Vincent 54 12-04-98 11 12 21 Won vs Gary Wallace 05-02-98 2 5 0 9 Lost 66- CMH 76ers 73 05-02-98 3 5 2 13 Won 70- No Excuses 60 05-01-98 2 1 1 6 Won 84- Salt Lake 74 03-06-98 6 15 7 8 2 21 Lost 62- Hammond 72 01-19-98 3 8 11 14 Lost 59- Chicago King 67 01-16-98 5 10 0 0 3 5 13 Won 66- Wirt 47 12-28-97 16 Lost 58- #2 Whitney Young 68 12-27-97 2 0 0 4 Won 64- Wirt 38 12-20-97 8 4 4 3 23 Won 78- Mann 52 12-19-97 9 15 6 7 1 26 Won 78- Chicago Manley 69 12-16-97 15 Won 63- Mann 43 12-05-97 4 5 6 13 Won 88- Wallace 41 11-25-97 28 Lost 71- Chi Farragut 78 03-15-97 7 11 0 0 5 19 Lost 78- Noblesville 92 03-08-97 6 9 0 0 1 13 Won 68- Hammond 61 03-08-97 2 5 0 2 4 Won 57- Merrillville 56 02-28-97 0 6 6 5 6 Won 74- Andrean 69 OT 02-11-97 5 2 2 2 14 Won 69- Hammond 66 02-07-97 3 4 1 4 7 Won 76- Lew Wallace 60 02-02-97 3 4 4 10 Won 81- Evansville Day 73 01-31-97 4 0 1 1 9 Lost 62- EC Central 67 12-06-96 6 10 6 6 2 20 Won 81- Lew Wallace 65

Season to Date Statistics

Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK ------------------------------------------------------------------ 98-99 season 15.7 3.1 2.6 2.3 16-5 #7 (IN) 01-27-99 18.3 .540 .860 .590 3.8 3.2 2.8 10-3 #4 (IN) 01-12-99 18.6 .548 .857 .590 8-2 #7 (IN) 97-98 season 17.8 1.8 1.1 2.1 17-5 #8 (IN) 96-97 season 14.6 5.1 17-6 #10 (IN)

Awards and Honors

98-99 season All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball) All-Area First Team (NW Times) All-State Second Team (AP) Senior All-Star selection Indiana Top40 Workout selection All-USA Honorable Mention (USA TODAY) 97-98 season Preseason All-State Fourth Team (Hoosier Basketball) Underclassman All-State Honorable Mention (IBCA) All-Region First Team (The Times) All-State High Honorable Mention (Bloomington Herald)

1998-99 Season Schedule for Gary West

Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/24/98 TUE W Chicago Farragut 12/04/98 FRI W @ Gary Wallace 12/11/98 FRI W @ Chesterton 12/12/98 SAT L Milwaukee Vincent (@ Loyola Univ) 12/15/98 TUE W Gary Mann 12/18/98 FRI W Chicago Manley 12/28/98 MON W Gary West Tourney 12/29/98 TUE W Gary West Tourney 01/10/99 SAT L @ Plainfield 01/12/99 TUE W Gary Roosevelt 01/15/99 FRI W @ Gary Wirt 01/23/99 SAT L vs Providence St Mel, IL Hoops In The Loop Tourney 01/26/99 TUE W Hammond Morton 01/29/99 FRI L @ EC Central 02/05/99 FRI W Gary Wallace 02/26/99 FRI W @ Gary Mann 03/02/99 TUE W Sectional vs Gary Wallace (@ Gary West) 03/04/99 THR W Sectional vs Gary Wirt (@ Gary West) 03/05/99 FRI W Sectional Final vs East Chicago 03/12/99 FRI L Regional vs #5 Merrillville (@ Michigan City) * To confirm game time call Gary West HS *

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