Five Questions With Cliff Owens
February 1, 1999
Each week texastech.com will ask five questions of a Texas Tech basketball player. This week we feature junior forward Cliff Owens. A native of Santa Fe, Texas, Owens is Texas Tech's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. Here is some Q&A with Cliff...
Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your basketball career?
A: "That would have to be my father. I think my dad has been the biggest influence on anything I have ever done. He has always been there to motivate me and he has always had a lot of faith in my abilities. Those are probably two of the biggest reasons why he has been the biggest influence on my basketball career."
Q: What do you think of Big 12 basketball this year?
A: "In the third year of Big 12 basketball, I think from top to bottom it has finally become more of a competitive league. In the past you had Kansas running away from the pack and everyone else fighting for second place. This year you really have more of an even race."
Q: What do you think about the United Spirit Arena?
A: "I think it is going to be one of the best basketball facilities in the country and it is great for our basketball team and our fans. We will really be able to build on our program as far as Texas Tech basketball is concerned."
Q: Who is the toughest player you have ever played against?
A: "The toughtest player I have ever played against would have to be (former Red Raider) Tony Battie. I went against him every day in practice my freshman year. He was just an unbelievable athlete and a phenominal basketball player. I think that is obvious by how he has made it to the NBA. Going against him everyday in practice really helped my game."
Q: Why did you come to Texas Tech?
A: "I came to Texas Tech because I wanted to stay in the state of Texas and also because there was a lot of excitement around the basketball program here. On my visit, I really enjoyed seeing the campus and the city of Lubbock. I decided this is where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life and play basketball."
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