Men's Basketball Signs Owens To National Letter Of Intent
Nov. 10, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's basketball program signed Josh Owens, a 6'8', 210 lb. forward from Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, to a national letter of intent. Owens, who can play both forward positions, is rated as one of the top 150 players nationally in the Class of 2007 by Rivals.com.
'Josh is a great kid who provides us with an element at his position that we currently lack in our program,' stated Cardinal Head Coach Trent Johnson. 'He possesses very good quickness to the ball, athleticism and versatility in his ability to play both the three and four spots.'
As a junior, Owens averaged 13.6 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots per game while competing in what is generally regarded as the most competitive prep league in the country. 'Josh is a top of the line kid in terms of his character and integrity,' stated Exeter Coach Jay Tilton. 'While humble, he is respected highly by his peers and faculty - he is a true leader by example.'
Tilton is highly complimentary of Owens' skills on the basketball court. 'Josh possesses tremendous upside. He is very athletic - one of the best athletes ever at Exeter - he is a quick leaper who runs the floor well.'
Tilton believes Owens will make an easy transition to the collegiate game. 'He will be accustomed to the physical style of play and speed of the game due to the quality of our league. He is also gaining a much better feel for the game.'
Owens, who is a native of Atlanta, took it on his own initiative to attend Exeter, one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. Owens also considered Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Penn and was pursued by Virginia and Boston College prior to selecting the Cardinal.