St. John's, Others Take Look At NE Forward

St. John's is looking at a player who competes in the New England area ....

Josh Owens certainly has the look of a basketball prospect.

Blessed with a sleek athletic build, the 6-7 junior wing forward has already attracted quite a bit of Division I attention at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

So it was a little surprising to see Owens play a passive role at last week's New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A quarterfinals, where he scored just six points in Exeter's 65-49 loss to top-seeded St. Thomas More.

"He's a coachable kid and he's very willing to fit in," noted Phillips Exeter Head Coach Malcolm Wesselink. "I think he needs to get a little more greedy."

Owens didn't command the ball throughout the game, and he didn't score a single point in the second half as the Chancellors pulled away over the game's final five minutes.

That said, he's clearly a graceful type of player who oozes potential. Wesselink said that Penn, Stanford, Georgia Tech, St. John's, Notre Dame and St. Joseph's are among the programs who have expressed a sincere early interest in Owens.

A native of Austell, Ga., Owens is in his third year at the academic powerhouse. As a sophomore last year, he played alongside 6-8 power forward Cameron Lewis, currently a freshman at Penn.

According to Wesselink, Owens and Lewis remain close friends.

"He shoots it well and he's very smart," Wesslink added. "He's an A/B student who already has an 1800-1900 (2400 scale) on the SAT."

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