Josh Owens

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Josh Owens
Josh Owens AEK.jpg
Owens with AEK Athens, 2016
No. 22 – Hapoel Jerusalem
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
FIBA Champions League
Personal information
Born (1988-12-07) December 7, 1988 (age 30)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolPhillips Exeter Academy
(Exeter, New Hampshire)
CollegeStanford (2007–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–2013Idaho Stampede
2013–2014Hapoel Tel Aviv
2014–2015Dolomiti Energa Trento
2015–2016Umana Reyer Venezia
2016AEK Athens
2016–2017Pınar Karşıyaka
2017–2018Tofaş
2018–presentHapoel Jerusalem
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Colton Owens (born December 7, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League. He played college basketball for Stanford University.

High school & college career[edit]

Owens was named 2007 New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year while playing high school basketball at Phillips Exeter Academy.[1]

Owens played college basketball at Stanford, playing in the Pac-12 Conference of the NCAA Division I, from 2007 to 2012. He had a discreet freshman season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game.[2]

For his sophomore season he increased his averages to 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds, adding a team-best 0.8 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game.[2]

He had to sit out the 2009–10 season for a serious medical condition that was undisclosed that threatened his playing career. After undergoing examinations and consulting medical experts he was cleared to return the next year.[3][4]

In his junior season, he started all 31 games, averaging 11.6 points, team-bests of 6.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks, adding 0.8 steals in more than 27 minutes per game, including a career-high 31 points (along with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks) in a 26 February game against Oregon. He received an All-Pac-10 honorable mention and All-Pac-10 academic honours.[2]

After posting 11.6 points and team-firsts 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals, he was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection,[5] adding a 2012 National Invitation Tournament All-Tournament team selection as Stanford won the tournament.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Charlotte Bobcats and Idaho Stampede (2012–2013)[edit]

Considered a low profile player (who wasn't invited to the Portsmouth Invitational), Owens worked out with a number of NBA sides. His athleticism impressed but doubts were expressed about his output judging from his unremarkable numbers during his college career.[6] After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft, he joined the Orlando Magic in the Orlando leg of the NBA Summer League from 9 to 13 July.[7] Owens joined the Charlotte Bobcats for the Las Vegas Summer League from 15 to 20 July 2012, playing in 4 games for 5 points and 2.3 rebounds in nearly 10 minutes per game.[8] He was signed by the Bobcats in September to take part in their training camp,[9] after not playing in any pre-season games, Owens was released in October.[10]

In December, Owens was acquired by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.[11] He averaged 5.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in the league.[12]

Hapoel Tel Aviv (2013–2014)[edit]

Owens joined the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2013 NBA Summer League in July.[12] He then spent the preseason with Italian side Montepaschi Siena before signing with Israeli team Hapoel Tel Aviv in September.[13] On February 25, 2014, Owens participated in the 2014 Israeli League All-Star Game and the Slam Dunk Contest during the same event.

Owens helped Hapoel to reach the 2014 Israeli League Playoffs as the fourth seed, but they eventually were eliminated by Hapoel Eilat in the Quarterfinals. In 32 games played for Hapoel, Owens averaged 10.1 points and 7 rebounds per game.

Dolomiti Energa Trento (2014–2015)[edit]

After a 2014 NBA Summer League participation with the Sacramento Kings in which he had little playing time,[14] On July 28, 2014, Owens joined Italian Serie A side Dolomiti Energa Trento for the 2014–15 season.[15] On December 15, 2014, Owens recorded a career high 24 points, shooting 12-of-13 from the field, along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 104–82 win over Dinamo Sassari.[16]

Owens averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 33 games as newly promoted Trento reached the Serie A playoffs.[17]

Umana Reyer Venezia (2015–2016)[edit]

On June 25, 2015, Owens signed with fellow Serie A team Umana Reyer Venezia for the 2015–16 season.[18] Owens helped Venezia to reach the 2016 Serie A Semifinals, where they eventually lost to EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.

AEK and Pınar Karşıyaka (2016–2017)[edit]

On June 18, 2016, Owens signed with AEK Athens of the Greek League.[19] However, on October 10, 2016, he parted ways with AEK after appearing in one game.[20]

On October 10, 2016, Owens joined Turkish team Pınar Karşıyaka for the rest of the season.[21] Owens helped Karşıyaka to reach the 2017 Champions League Quarterfinals, where they eventually lost to his former team Reyer Venezia.

Tofaş (2017–2018)[edit]

On July 1, 2017, Owens signed with Tofaş for the 2017–18 season.[22] Owens helped Tofaş to reach the 2018 Turkish League Finals, where they eventually lost to Fenerbahçe. In 54 games played during the 2017–18 season (both in the EuroCup and all Turkish competitions), Owens averaged 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Hapoel Jerusalem (2018–present)[edit]

On July 18, 2018, Owens signed a two-year deal with the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem, joining his former teammate J'Covan Brown.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Owens is the son of Darrell and Tanna Owens. His brother, Jerryck, played professional basketball in Portugal.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Owens is back, and so is his Stanford team". Foxsportswest.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Josh Owens - Stanford University". GoStanford.com. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  3. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (October 13, 2010). "Josh Owens back with Stanford basketball". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Leung, Diamond (7 June 2010). "Stanford gets Josh Owens back". ESPN.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Pac-12 Men's Basketball Honors Announced". Pac-12.org. 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Thompson II, Marcus (May 29, 2012). "Owens Tries To Show He's Worth Drafting". San Jose Mercury News. p. 3C. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013.
  7. ^ Savage, Dan (3 July 2012). "2012 Orlando Magic Summer League Roster". NBA.com. Orlando Magic. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Josh Owens #9 - Forward - Bobcats". NBA.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bobcats Add Four to Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. Charlotte Hornets. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Bobcats Waive Owens and Summers". NBA.com. Charlotte Hornets. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Stampede acquire Owens". NBA.com. Boise (Idaho): Idaho Stampede. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  12. ^ a b Eichenhofer, Jim (1 July 2013). "Pelicans summer roster full of familiar faces". NBA.com. New Orleans Pelicans. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  13. ^ "הפועל תל אביב: ג'וש אוונס מצטרף לקבוצה". walla.co.il (in Hebrew). September 11, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "2014 Summer League Player Profile - #42 Josh Owens". NBA.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Aquila Basket Trento announces Josh Owens". Sportando.basketball. July 28, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  16. ^ "Banco di Sardegna Sassari 82 at Dolomiti Energia Trento 104". RealGM.com. December 15, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Umana Venice adds size with Owens". EurocupBasketball.com. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Reyer Venezia announces Josh Owens". Sportando.basketball. June 25, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  19. ^ "AEK Athens adds Josh Owens". Sportando.basketball. June 18, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "AEK Athens parts ways with Josh Owens, signs Randal Falker". Sportando.basketball. October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Pinar Karsiyaka signs Josh Owens, is parting ways with Josh Boone". Sportando.basketball. October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  22. ^ "Josh Owens inks with Tofas Bursa". Sportando.basketball. July 1, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "Hapoel Jerusalem signs Josh Owens". Sportando.basketball. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.

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