Basketball's Cliff Owens to Tour China
June 9, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University forward Cliff Owens will be one of 10 basketball players on the "Houston Select All-Star China Tour 1998," announced jointly today by the Houston Shenzhen City Association and the People to People International Sports Division.
The team will be lead by Dan Nip, president of the Houston Shenzhen Sister City Association (HSSCA), and Sandy Phan, HSSCA vice president. The squad, consisting of all NCAA Division I players, will be coached by Willis Wilson, the head men's basketball coach at Rice University.
Owens will be one of three Big 12 Conference players - in addition to Baylor forward Leon Morris and Oklahoma center Renzi Stone - that will play on the tour from August 11-24. The Houston Select All-Star Team will compete in Shenzhen, Quangzhou, Shengyang, Shanghai and Beijing.
The squad will also feature Florida State guard Adrian Crawford, Vanderbilt guard Michael LeBlanc, Rice center T.J. McKenzie, Seton Hall guard Chuck Moore, Rice forward and former Oklahoma State player Jason Skaer and Rice guard Mike Wilks.
"I am honored and excited to be selected," Owens said. "I have a lot of respect for Coach Wilson and the things he has accomplished at Rice. I am looking forward to the tour and becoming an overall better player."
The 6-8, 235-pound Owens started all but two games as a sophomore for the Red Raiders last season and played in every contest except at Colorado. The junior averaged 10.2 points, grabbed a team-high 7.7 rebounds and tied for first for the Red Raiders (13-14 overall, 7-9 Big 12, t7th) with a 59.2 shooting percentage.
Owens, who prepped near Houston at Santa Fe High School, tallied career highs with 22 points and 18 rebounds at Texas. He notched six double-doubles for the season. Owens scored in double figures 16 times and had 10 or more rebounds in eight games.
Owens tied for seventh in the Big 12 overall in rebounding and was third in the league with 5.8 defensive rebounds per game. In the 16 conference contests, Owens finished second in the Big 12 with 8.4 boards and was first with 6.9 defensive rebounds a game. - TTU -
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