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Class of 2015 Power Forward Alex Owens Commits to Providence

UPDATE:   

Class of 2015 power forward Alex Owens has committed to the Providence Friars and head coach Ed Cooley. Owens is rated four stars by both ESPN and 247Sports while being rated three stars by both Rivals and Scout. He received offers from Cincinatti, Florida, Georgia, South Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee.

ANALYSIS:

Alex Owens is a tremendous get for head coach Ed Cooley and the Providence basketball program. Standing at 6'8", 245 pounds, Owens is a tough guy to stop, particularly on the glass. Rebounding is his most refined skill, as he uses his wide frame to carve out space for himself, and he has good vertical ability to sky for the ball despite being somewhat ground-bound by his weight. With the ball in his hands, Owens is still raw. A lot of his buckets come via dunk, and he will need to work on expanding his offensive game to fit the bill of a college-level power forward. He can step away from the rim and faceup to knock down mid-range jumpers occassionally, but it's far from a staple of his game. With decent mobility, excellent hands, and great court vision, Owens excels in the open court. It's when the play slows down that things become trickier for the Oakland, Florida product. He will need to learn how to beat a set defense with regularity as opposed to just living off of scraps if he is going to take his game to the next level. On the defensive end, his length makes him a good shot blocker and his girth makes it hard for his man to go through him in the post. If he improves his conditioning, which has been an issue, then he could serve as the screener in the pick & roll, as he is plenty mobile and can catch lobs with ease at the rim. Perhaps Owens' most underrated skill is his passing. He's unselfish, and he's always looking to find the open teammate. He demonstrates the ability to pass out of a double team in the post, which will be important if he ever develops to become an above-average post player. There is room for improvement in Owens game, but overall Providence added a guy that projects to be a quality player with a lot of upside.

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