Owens, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Laurel (Md.) St. Vincent Pallotti, committed to Ohio, while on an official visit.
"He never made it out of Ohio," coach Dwayne Wise said.
"The facilities were just off the charts," he added. "They have an arena there and they pretty much told him that he's a priority and they love his upside."
"He has a chance to go there and play," Wise said. "He felt that conference is a place that he go and play early once he gets stronger."
"His dad said it's the perfect scenario for his son," he added.
Owens, who plays AAU ball with Baltimore's Finest, is regarded as a three-star prospect.