Nick Loew, a 2014 Burlingame graduate, and basketball player, played four years of Division I basketball at the University of San Francisco. Loew began playing basketball around fourth grade but really fell in love with the game in middle school. By sophomore year at Burlingame, Loew realized the potential he had in basketball. He was a major part of the 2013 Central Coast Section championship team at Burlingame.
“I realized I could play in college around my sophomore year at BHS,” Loew said. “It was really exciting and motivated me to want to be the best player I could be.”
Being a walk-on at USF, Loew knew expectations were low coming on to the team without a scholarship. But Loew made the best of the situation and persevered.
“I just wanted to enjoy being on a college team at the [Division I] level,” Loew said. “I ended up starting a handful of meaningful games and playing some meaningful minutes as a senior, so that made me realize that I was a good player and that I could hold my own with the scholarship guys.”
Playing at Burlingame and watching the games from a young age also had a large impact on Loew's future basketball career.
“I remember going to BHS games in middle school and seeing the student section go crazy and I always wanted to be a part of that,” Loew said. “I felt like I had a responsibility to the school and to the city to perform really well so I think playing at BHS really brought out the competitive side of my personality that I don't always show.”
Although Loew has finished playing organized basketball, he plans to continue competing in an adult league and hopes to one day coach his kids in basketball.