Scout's take: Owens to Central Florida


Central Florida got on the board early in the class of 2015 when PF Alex Owens (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge), the No. 44 junior in the ESPN 60, committed to the Knights on Tuesday.

He chose UCF over Louisville, Florida and Alabama.

Why did Owens commit to the Knights over more established programs? Let's break it down.

Why he committed: "I felt real good about the coaching staff. I liked how Coach (Donnie) Jones and Coach (Darren) Tillis are with their players. UCF is close to home and my family can see me play and after I studied UCF I saw that they had a really good program," Owens said.

What he brings: The four-star prospect Owens is a tough, competitive, physical and powerful forward that goes about six-foot-eight and just north of 230 pounds is a tremendous rebounder on both ends of the floor. He has excellent knack and quickness to the ball. He blocks shots in and out of his area as well. He can face and knock down the 15 footer in addition to having the ability to straight line short drive past less mobile forwards as well.

How he fits: Owens is the third best player in the state of Florida in the 2015 class. Only teammate Antonio Blakeney and Dwayne Bacon (Lakeland, Fla./McKeel Academy) rank higher. Owens will provide Coach Jones with a dependable rebounder and shot blocker and finisher. He will be a match-up problem for most power forwards because Owens plays in full attack mode and will go right at his opponent.

Reminds us of: Owens reminds us of a combination of power forwards. Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies and David West of the Indiana Pacers come immediately to mind. Owens' toughness and rebounding matches them all. He doesn't score as well as a Randolph but has the attacking mentality that makes him special and loaded with upside.

How the class is shaping up: Owens is first on the board in the Class of 2015 but teammate Antonio Blakeney is at the top of the Knights' wish list along with talented wing Dwayne Bacon.