Owens Community College men’s basketball will begin its 2008-09 campaign with a season-opening home contest against Delta College on Friday, Nov. 7. The game will begin at 8 p.m.
All home games are free and held at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
The Owens men’s basketball program is led by second-year Head Coach Kevin Skaggs. His Assistant Coaches are Marcus Evans and Corey Tucker. Owens finished the 2007-08 season with a 10-19 overall record and a 3-11 mark (sixth place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season standings.
“We’re really looking forward to the beginning of the basketball regular season,” said Skaggs. “We have a nice blend of talent, both first-year student-athletes and returning veterans. Our team is really working hard and putting forth the effort that is necessary to compete for a conference title and beyond.”
Skaggs added, “The conference schedule should be very competitive with several teams vying for the title. Our goal is to be one of those teams shooting for a conference crown, as well as a national tournament invitation.”
In addition, the Owens men’s basketball program has earned the distinction of being ranked No. 22 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. Mott Community College in Flint, Mich. received the No. 1 ranking.
Owens has seven returning players, including Fletcher Noble of Holland (Springfield H.S.) and DeAngelo Jordan of Detroit (Highland Park H.S.). During the 2007-08 season, the sophomore guard and team captain averaged 5.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Jordan, a sophomore forward and team captain, averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds for Owens.
Other returning players to the Express roster include Eric Thomas of Ypsilanti, Mich., guard (Willow Run H.S.); Nick Owens of Lambertville, Mich., guard (State Line Christian H.S.); Brandon Drake of Ann Arbor, Mich., guard (Ann Arbor Huron H.S.); Brett McDougle of Oregon, forward (Clay H.S.); and Justin Manns of Winston-Salem, N.C., center (East Forsyth H.S.).
In 2007-08, Thomas, a sophomore, averaged 4.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game for the Express. Owens, also a sophomore, contributed 2.8 points and 1 rebound per game, while Drake, a sophomore, averaged 0.7 points and 1 rebound for Owens. Last year, McDougle, a sophomore, contributed 2.1 points, 2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Manns, in 2007-08, averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds for Owens. The sophomore’s postseason honors included being named the recipient of the team’s Most Improved Player award.
First-year players are Donald Lucious of Milwaukee, guard (Pulaski H.S.); Tommie Clark of Romulus, Mich., guard (Romulus H.S.); Michael Lee of Inkster, Mich., guard (Wayne Memorial H.S.); Chris Wade of Lawton, Okla., guard (MacArthur H.S.); Joshua Robinson of Elkhart, Ind., guard (Elkhart Central H.S.); Ronnie Phillips of Cincinnati, forward (Harmony Prep H.S.); Terren Jones of Adrian, Mich., forward (Madison H.S.); Mario Graham of Detroit, guard (Madison H.S.); and Brew Story of Bedford Heights, forward (Benedictine H.S.).