U. player living a dream

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com When he was a kid, Jordan Owen dreamed of someday playing for the University of Utah basketball team. He attended all the home games, sitting on the front row with his family behind the east basket of the Huntsman Center. Several times he served as one of the ball kids.Owen is living his dream now, although it didn’t quite turn out as he imagined as youngster. The 21-year-old is on the Ute team, No. 42, but he hasn’t played in a game yet, though he is a valuable part of the team as a practice and scout team player.At Highland High School, Owen was a star, earning all-state honors and helping lead the Rams to a 4A state title as a junior in 2001-02.As good as he was, Owen wasn’t quite good enough to warrant a Division I scholarship a year later. He went to Westminster and started for the JV team before leaving on an LDS mission to Germany in 2003.Upon returning from his mission last summer, Owen decided to fulfill his dream of donning the red and white, even if he never saw a minute of action.He got his chance when open tryouts were held on a Monday in mid-October. Owen showed up with encouragement from assistant coach Chris Jones, who had coached the JV team at Westminster when Owen played. The next day, Owen received a call, inviting him to join the team as a walk-on.”Having coached Jordan, I knew he was a good player and was an unbelievable kid and would be great in practice,” Jones said. “It just seemed he would be a good addition. He’s hard to guard, makes shots and is a good defender.”So Owen is on the Ute roster and you can see him on the bench for every home game, cheering his team on.Even though he’s yet to see action, Owen is enjoying the experience.”I was nervous coming in because I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been great,” he says. “The coaches and guys treat me like one of them, just like a normal player. I’ve been loving it so far. It’s been fun coming out in warm-ups and being on the bench supportingthe team.”Owen works out on the scout team, often taking on the role of the opposing team’s best player. One week he might be Utah State’s Jaycee Carroll and another he could be Wyoming’s Brandon Ewing.”We always meet with the coaches before practice and go over which tendency my player has,” Owen said. “My job is to make the first team better, to push them and to give them a good look at what they’re going to see for the game. It’s kind of fun actually.”Owen said he started going to Ute games when he was 3 years old. Speaking of 3, his family is the one that puts up the paper “3”s over the rail every time the Utes hit a 3-pointer.Because he was good friends with Eric Daniels, the son of former assistant coach Donnie Daniels, Owen served as one of the ball kids behind the basket for several seasons and watched the likes of Keith Van Horn, Michael Doleac and Andre Miller.”It was always my dream to play for Utah,” Owen said. “But as I got older I knew it wasn’t realistic.”Ute coach Ray Giacoletti appreciates what Owen brings to the team even if he doesn’t contribute in actual games.”It’s a huge help,” Giacoletti said. “He’s a guy that has college experience and can really shoot the basketball. He’s a very good spot-up shooter. It’s invaluable, especially with the scout team.”Owen, who plans to major in either finance or accounting, said he’d love to get in at least one game this year, but unfortunately the Utes have had a tough year and haven’t had any blowouts for Owen to see action in the waning moments.As for next year, Owen isn’t ruling out the possibility of playing for the Utes again. “If I can, sure, why not?” he said. “We’ll see what happens.” last_img read more

Quarry on hold

first_imgThe contentious Bunyip North Quarry project has been suspended until further notice amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Hanson Construction Materials issued…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke last_img