Owens continues to draw interest

One player who could really emerge this spring is three-star power forward Tariq Owens.

He is under the radar to some, but Laurel (Md.) St. Vincent Pallotti standout Tariq Owens is a very solid player. The three-star power forward is very versatile, and now some high powered programs are taking a long look.

At 6-foot-8 and 185 pounds, Owens doesn't have the build of the classic power forward, but his long and angular frame combined with quickness and a motor can make him a tough matchup for opponents. Those skills led to a solid junior season.

"We had a good season and I think I played pretty well throughout the whole season," said Owens. "I definitely got better defensively. I improved blocking shots and rebounding, and I think I was more consistent with my effort throughout the season."

When it comes to his recruitment, four schools seem to be showing the most interest right now.

"VCU, Temple, Georgetown, and Miami are the main ones who have been recruiting me," noted Owens.

During the season Owens made unofficial visits to Temple and VCU, and he was impressed with both places.

"VCU definitely stood out because of their fan base," said Owens. "It is a really good atmosphere and it was really loud. Also I like the way VCU gets up and down the court."

He continued about Temple, "Temple is also a good atmosphere and they have a really good team. I definitely liked Temple a lot."

Miami obviously has had a very impressive year on the court, and they are trying to capitalize with a solid effort on the recruiting trail.

"It feels pretty good to have an offer and I have always liked Miami," explained Owens. "With them being in the top 10 it feels good to have them recruiting me."

Georgetown is a local school showing him attention, and Owens likes what he has seen from the Hoyas.

"Their style of play is good and I think it fits me," said Owens. "They get up and down the court and they have good team chemistry, and I think I would fit in well there."

At the moment Owens has no timeframe for making a decision, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school.

"I look at academics the most, and I want to go to a small school with a big program," said Owens. "I would prefer a school with a smaller student body but a big time basketball program."


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