Parents are Bob and Susan Carlson and the late Wayne Bower ... father played football for BYU from 1970-74 ... married Caroline Steuer (women's volleyball) in August 1998 ... brothers Ricky and Greg played basketball at Ricks College ... recruited by Northwestern, Texas and Utah ... served an LDS mission to Brussels, Belgium ... Eagle Scout ... majoring in communications.
Second team NJCAA All-American at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho in 1997 ... first team All-Region Scenic West ... Ricks College Athlete of the Year ... led the conference for much of the season in scoring ... team had a 25-7 record overall ... averaged 18.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists ... shot 81 percent in free throws ... made 88 of 213 three-pointers ... coached by Clyde Nelson (BYU).
Lettered three years in basketball at Caldwell High in Caldwell, Idaho ... Idaho Gatorade player of the Year ... McDonald's All American ... selected to the Converse/National High School Coaches Athletic Association All-American team (nation's top 65) ... won SIC scoring title and Player of the Year award as a senior ... coached by Greg Kimball (Whitman College).
BYU Career Bests:
Points: 23 at Boise St, 12/6/97, vs. Ohio St. 12/30/97
FG made: 8 at Boise St, 12/6/97
FG attps: 17 vs. Oregon, 11/21/97
FG %: 1.000 (5-5) vs. Wyoming, 1/15/98
3 Pt made: 7 vs. Ohio St., 12/30/97
3 Pt attps: 14 vs. Ohio St., 12/30/97
3 Pt %: 1.000 (5-5) vs. Wyoming, 1/15/98
FT made: 9 vs. Weber St, 12/12/97
FT attempts: 13 vs. Weber St, 12/12/97
FT%: 1.000 (4-4) at UNLV, 1/22/98
Rebounds: 6 (2 times), UNLV 1/22/98
Assists: 4 at Utah, 2/5/98
Steals: 3 (3 times) at Colorado St., 2/12/98
Minutes: 44 at UTEP, 2/28/98
Bower on coaching staff: The coaching staff has helped me to improve and to focus on specific strengths. I respect coach Cleveland's ability to communicate with the players and define roles.
Best part of your game: Shooting
Who has influenced you the most: my Father
Favorite BYU alum: Devin Durrant
Favorite NBA team: Utah Jazz
Dream team: Jeff Hornecek, Bob Cousey, Oscar Robertson, Paul Westphal, Larry Bird
Sports hero: Danny White
Non-sports hero: Orin Hatch
Favorite hobby: Fly fishing and reading
Few people know that... I play the violin
College basketball would be better if... they extended the three-point line one foot
Memorable basketball moment: Beating New Mexico in the Pit last year
As a kid, I dreamed of... playing at BYU
In 20 years, I will ... be an Idaho State Senator
1996-1997 | Junior Year
Started 19 games ... career-high 23 points at Boise State and vs. Ohio State at the Rainbow Classic ... tied the school record with seven three-pointers vs. Ohio State ... had four three-pointers at Tulsa ... tied a school record for three-point percentage (5-5) vs. Wyoming ... had 20 points at UNLV ... 18 consecutive free throws ended vs. UTEP ... got a slight concussion at CSU ... hit five three-pointers and scored 17 points at UNM ... won the team's long-distance award for three-point shooting.