Chris Owens (1999-2001)
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Three-year letterwinner at Texas ... finished his Texas career ranked third on the school's blocked shots list (159) ... also finished his UT career just 25 points shy of the 1,000-point plateau (975) ... transferred to Texas from Tulane on June 24, 1998.
As a Senior in 2001-02
Preseason All-America candidate who had his senior season cut short due to injury ... suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the Dec. 29 loss at Utah ... underwent successful surgery on Jan. 29 ... led the team in scoring (15.8 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and blocks (21) at the time of his injury ... ironically was named one of the top 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award on Dec. 27 (just two days prior to his season-ending injury) ... preseason first-team All-Big 12 selection ... one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith Award and one of 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award ... named to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament team, averaging a team-best 15.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg ... led the Horns to an upset of #11 Stanford at the Dell Classic 4 Kids in Chicago (Dec. 1), posting 26 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks ... recorded a game-high 19 points on 8-of-8 FG in just 23 minutes during the home win vs. Washington State (Dec. 15) ... had a streak of 14 consecutive made field goals stretching from the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi game (Dec. 5) to midway through the Jacksonville contest (Dec. 15) ... tallied 18 points and 16 rebounds (one shy of career high) during the win at UNLV (Dec. 22) ... reached double figures in scoring in each of his first 10 contests ... registered six points in eight minutes of action before sustaining the injury at Utah.
As a Junior in 2000-01
NABC District 9 first-team selection ... one of 10 players (along with teammate Darren Kelly) named to the USBWA All-District 7 squad ... first-team All-Big 12 pick by The Dallas Morning News ... second-team All-Big 12 choice by the league's media and coaches and The Sporting News ... also named to the five-man Big 12 All-Defensive team ... started all 34 games at power forward ... led the Big 12 Conference and ranked 21st nationally in blocked shots (2.71 bpg) ... ranked fifth in the league in rebounding (7.9 rpg) ... led the team in blocks, rebounding and double-doubles (nine) ... his 92 blocks set a single-season record at Texas (previous mark: 90, Chris Mihm, twice) ... ranked second on the squad in steals (35) and third in scoring (14.4 ppg) ... reached double-figures in scoring in 26 games, while pulling down at least 10 rebounds in 10 contests ... recorded at least five blocks in five games on the year ... had 28 points on 10-of-17 FG (8-of-14 FT) and six blocks in the Preseason NIT opener vs. Navy (Nov. 13) ... had nine points, six boards and tied the school record with eight blocks in the NIT win over California (Nov. 15) ... also responsible for holding Cal's Sean Lampley to six points on 2-of-11 FG and seven turnovers ... registered 16 points, 14 boards and five blocks in the NIT third-place game vs. Indiana (Nov. 24) ... earned a spot on the TiVo Preseason NIT All-Tournament team ... posted 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks vs. UT-San Antonio (Nov. 28) ... registered 17 points, 10 boards and three blocks at South Florida (Dec. 9) ... had a career-high 31 points on 14-of-25 shooting, a career-high four assists and five blocks against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 16) ... recorded 14 points and 15 boards vs. Kansas State (Jan. 10) ... registered 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. #15 UConn (Jan. 15) ... had 18 points, 11 boards and four blocks vs. Baylor (Jan. 20) ... hit a career-best 12-of-15 from the free throw line in the overtime victory over the Bears ... produced 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds at #12 Arizona (Jan. 27) ... recorded 24 points on 12-of-23 FG and 12 rebounds in the overtime win at Oklahoma State (Feb. 17) ... registered 22 points, 10 boards and four blocks at Texas Tech (Mar. 3) ... earned a place on the five-person Big 12 All-Tournament team, averaging 15.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.0 bpg while hitting 16-of-29 (.552) field goals during the three games ... posted 15 points and five rebounds in 36 minutes during the NCAA First Round loss to Temple (Mar. 16) ... named Texas' CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Game for his effort against Temple ... recorded 25 blocks in the last eight games (3.1 bpg) to close the season ... prior to his junior season, served as Texas' representative on the Big 12 All-Star team during the summer, which toured Europe for six games in August ... dominated play on the tour, leading the squad in scoring (13.0 ppg) and blocks (11) while ranking second in rebounding (5.0 rpg).
As a Sophomore in 1999-2000
The top frontcourt player off the bench ... named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer and All-Bench teams ... played in all 33 games, making 16 starts ... ranked fourth on the team in scoring (9.4 ppg), third in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and second in blocked shots (46) ... led the team in steals eight times, blocks 10 times and rebounding five times ... posted 15 double-figure scoring games, tied for third-best on the squad ... registered 16 points, a season-high three assists, three blocks and two steals in his Texas debut against UL-Lafayette (Nov. 20) ... had 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven boards vs. Arizona State (Nov. 25) ... earned a spot on the Puerto Rico Shootout All-Tournament team, averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg while hitting 13-of-22 (.591) field goals over the three games ... registered 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in a career-best 37 minutes vs. #4 Arizona (Dec. 4) ... named Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week (Dec. 6) for his efforts vs. Arizona ... reached double-figures in scoring in six of the last eight games of the season, averaging 11.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg during the stretch ... registered a career-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting and eight rebounds vs. Texas A&M (Feb. 26) ... performed well at the Big 12 Tournament, posting 8.0 rpg and 5.0 bpg in two contests ... had 10 points, tied a career high with 11 boards and posted a career-high five blocks in the quarterfinal win over Colorado (Mar. 10) ... returned in the semifinal loss vs. Oklahoma (Mar. 11) to tie his career high with five blocks ... had 16 points (14 in second half) on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor in the NCAA First Round win over Indiana State (Mar. 16) ... set a UT record for highest FG% in a NCAA tourney game (1.000).
As a Freshman at Tulane in 1997-98
Played for head coach Perry Clark at Tulane ... started 27 of the team's 29 games at small forward ... averaged 6.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 20 minutes per game ... team went 7-22 ... registered 13 points, five boards and five blocks in the season-opener vs. Texas-Arlington ... recorded his first collegiate double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) in game three vs. Nicholls State ... posted season highs in points (18) and assists (five) in a win over Southeast Louisiana ... registered 13 points and a season-high 13 boards vs. Prairie View A&M ... posted 15 points and 11 rebounds at Houston.
Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas (head coach Phil McNeely) ... selected as a second-team Parade High School All-American ... ranked the #20 player in the nation by The Sporting News Prime Prospects ... third-team All-America selection by Street & Smith's ... also ranked in the top 25 nationally by recruiting analysts Clark Francis, Van Coleman and Bob Gibbons ... listed as the #1 senior in the south by Ron Briscoe's Regional Basketball Report ... rated as the #1 senior in the state of Texas by Texas Blue Chip Basketball Report ... ranked the #6 small forward by Athlon and the #7 power forward by Ultimate Hoops ... was tabbed The Dallas Morning News' Player of the Year ... led all Dallas-area class 5A players in scoring (26.9 ppg) and ranked third in rebounding (11.8 rpg) in his senior year ... helped his team advance to the class 5A state semifinals as a senior ... shattered a glass backboard with a dunk in a game vs. Grand Prairie during his senior season ... led his high school team to a 33-2 mark and a national ranking as high as #6 as a junior, averaging 16.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while shooting 60% from the floor.
Full name is Haywood Chris Owens ... son of Rick (deceased) and Minnie Owens ... his father played basketball at the University of Iowa and the University of Akron ... his great-uncle was Olympic track and field legend Jesse Owens ... born Mar. 1, 1979 in Akron, Ohio ... moved to Texas when he was five ... majoring in history/sociology.