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Spent nine years at Purdue
Bloom, Clisby and Owens talk Purdue basketball
Event to take place at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday
Play the redesigned golf course June 4
NCAA Tournament 1st Round Practice Session Photos
Purdue vs. Southern Indiana (11-1-16)
Purdue men's basketball defeated Northwestern Ohio, 92-43, on Nov. 8, 2015.
Black-Gold Scrimmage (Oct. 26, 2013)
Owens’ eight seasons on the Boilermaker bench have been some of the finest in program history, as he has helped lead Purdue to pair of Sweet 16 appearances and a total of 182 wins, an average of 22.8 wins per season.
Last year, Purdue’s young guards continued their improvement as P.J. Thompson and Dakota Mathias ranked one-two on the Purdue single-season assist/turnover ratio list, while Ryan Cline set the assist/turnover ratio record for a Purdue freshman. In addition during Big Ten, the quartet of Thompson, Mathias, Vincent Edwards and Cline combined to shoot a combined 43.1 percent from 3-point range (88-of-204).
Two years ago, Owens helped mentor a pair of guards to All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades as Jon Octeus and Rapheal Davis both received Big Ten honors, in addition to Davis earning the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year accolade.
He was instrumental in the improvement of freshmen guards Mathias and Thompson, as the pair played some of their best basketball late in the season. The duo combined for a 1.78 assist-to-turnover ratio (80-to-45) for the season and made several big plays late in the year to cement Purdue’s berth in the NCAA Tournament.
A primary ballhandler during his college days, Owens’ tutelage played a major role in Purdue’s nation-leading effort in the turnover department in 2011-12. The Boilermakers averaged just 8.74 turnovers per game as a team, the sixth-lowest in the NCAA since the organization began tracking the stat in 1993.
Owens has been a central figure in the development of Purdue’s guards over the last six years as E’Twaun Moore, Terone Johnson, Rapheal Davis, Jon Octeus, Kendall Stephens and Bryson Scott have all earned accolades from the Big Ten during Owens’ time in West Lafayette.
One of Owens’ star pupils in West Lafayette to date is Moore, who finished his career ranked third in Purdue history in points (2,136) and ninth in assists (400). Under Owens’ mentorship, Moore became just the third player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in his career. He was also a two-time AP honorable mention All-American and a third-team All-America selection by the NABC in 2011.
Moore was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round of 2011 NBA Draft. Owens protégé, Lewis Jackson, finished his career in 2012 as one of the most prolific assist men in program history, dishing out 456 for his career to rank seventh on the school list. He led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio in conference games as a senior with a mark of 2.8.
In 2012-13, Owens tutored Ronnie Johnson to a 139-assist season, the second-highest total by a freshman in Purdue history. Johnson finished the season ranked second in the Big Ten in assists per game (4.6) in league play.
Owens’ biggest impact may come on the recruiting trail. A tireless worker, Owens played a significant role in landing Purdue’s first Indiana Mr. Basketball since 1991 in Caleb Swanigan for the 2015-16 season. His efforts have helped Purdue secure four classes ranked in the Rivals.com top 30 in each of the last four seasons, including the 15th-ranked class in 2013.
Owens came to Purdue after a five-season stint as an assistant at Southern Illinois, where he was initially hired by current Purdue head coach Matt Painter when the latter held the same position at SIU. In 2003-04, Owens helped Painter lead Southern Illinois to a 25-5 record and an NCAA Tournament berth.
In four seasons at SIU under head coach Chris Lowery, who took over for Painter when the current Purdue head coach made the move to West Lafayette, Owens helped guide the Salukis to three more NCAA Tournament berths, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, a Missouri Valley Conference title and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.
Combining Owens’ time at both Southern Illinois and Purdue, he has reached the postseason in 10 of the last 11 seasons, reaching nine NCAA Tournaments, including three Sweet 16s, and making one appearance in the NIT.
Prior to joining the SIU staff, Owens served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, during the 2002-03 season, and spent the 2001-02 campaign as an assistant at Barton County Community College, which reached as high as No. 2 in the national polls during the season. Owens began his coaching career as an assistant at Howard Community College during the 2000-01 season, serving as the team’s interim head coach for a portion of the year.
The Indianapolis native began his collegiate playing career at Murray State, and played a season at Howard Community College before playing two seasons at Eastern Illinois. While at EIU, Owens averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. He also served as team captain during his final campaign, and garnered team MVP and Outstanding Defensive Player honors. During the 1999-00 season, Owens remained a part of the Eastern Illinois program as a student assistant coach.
Owens and his wife, Kamilah, have three daughters, Alanah, Aniyah and Anyah.