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Alex Owens decommits from Central Florida

Nov 5, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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Less than two months after ending his recruitment early, four-star 2015 power forward Alex Owens is back on the boards.

The 6-foot-8 Owens committed to Central Florida back on Sept. 17, but on Tuesday morning, Buddy Collings of the Orlando Sentinel reported that he had decided to decommit from UCF.

“He came to my office this morning and said he wants to reopen his recruitment,” Owens’ coach Alex Jackson told Collings on Tuesday.

“He still likes UCF, but he wants to enjoy the process.”

In mid-September, the Orlando native mentioned he wanted a school that was close to home while UCF’s move to the American also played a role in his decision. At that time several other in-state schools such as Florida, Florida State and Miami had offered him. Cinnicinnati, Maryland, Missouri, N.C. State and Providence were also in the mix as well.

Louisville had also seen him weeks before he picked UCF.

This summer, Owens was on the Each 1 Teach 1 (Fla.) team that won the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. He averaged 9.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He also represented USA South in the Nike Global Challenge, averaging 11.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest while also posting a pair of double-doubles in the showcase.

He is ranked No. 71 overall in the Class of 2015. Owens was the first member of the Golden Knights’ Class of 2015, but during his short commitment UCF has landed Deltona High (Fla.) power forward Chad Brown and Lakewood Senior High (Fla.) small forward Anthony Lawrence Jr.

  1. seanb20124 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Does michael Jordan’s kid got any eligibility left.

    • msw11 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      he technically has a year left, but he decided to quit basketball

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