Class of 2015 power forward Alex Owens (Oldsmar, Fla./Oldsmar Christian) has been turning heads and earning high praise for his play during the first few weeks of the season. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder is a terrific rebounder, shot blocker and a powerful finisher above the rim. Owens is off to a fast start in 2012, averaging 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks a game. He turned in statement performances with double-doubles against premier squads Quality Education Academy and Princeton Day and has powered Oldsmar off to a 8-4 start.
Owens rebounds in and out of his area, can face up and straight-line drive from the high post. He is also adept at knocking down the 15-foot shot with time and space.
"I am a good rebounder because I am long, athletic and quick to the ball,” notes Owens. “I run the floor well and do whatever coach asks me to do.”
But Owens is still a work in progress, something he is quick to note when breaking down his game. “I [still] have to work on my post game,” he said.
First-year OC coach Jordan Fair agrees with Owens assessment.
"Alex needs to add a go-to move on the block and get shooting reps,” Fair commented. “His form is good, he just needs to get reps to be consistent.
“Alex is a phenomenal rebounder. He consistently goes and gets the ball at its highest peak. When the ball comes off the rim he is is there. He has great hands and a nose for the ball. Six of those thirteen rebounds he is averaging are offensive."
Fair is also quick to note that Owens’ penchant for corralling rebounds in bunches is similar to that of former Pitt star and current NBA forward DeJuan Blair. Some also draw similarities between Owens and Louisville freshman Montrezl Harrell, so it’s easy to see why a host of high majors are checking in on this prodigious talent.
According to Owens, he has received offers from South Florida, Cincinnati, Georgia, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Florida and Georgia.
Owens is off to a super sophomore campaign and is a prospect to keep close tabs on this winter.