Owen is powering on from college stint
BASKETBALL: He's nothing but a hustling, muscular ball of energy.
And his step-back triple from the baseline for Gladstone Port City Power Capricorn Surge last Saturday night against Brisbane Spartans showcased the amount of confidence he has developed in the past 12 months.
Dylan Owen said he has improved in several areas of his game after a stint at the Highland Community College or the "Scotties" in Kansas.
"I'd say where I have improved is mostly work ethic and there's like a certain level you need to uphold," he said.
"I feel like I'm going to bring a different work ethic than I've ever had."
If that standard is not maintained, then players will be found out, such is the clinical college system in the US.
Owen played 34 games and was more than handy where he shot 11 points in a season high against Link Year Prep in a 104-64 win back in November.
"You have so much on your back to perform," he said.
The Scotties enjoyed a record season with the most wins by a college in a single season and Owen said he was pleased with his contribution.
"It was good where I went on and played my role and figured myself out after a while," Owen said.
"It does take a while to adjust to the game there just because it's so much different.
"It's just way more structured there, like the coaching is more intense. .. it's college basketball and it's pretty much on your back.
"There's no hold-back at all."
He described the college system as 'another beast over there'.
Owen said it was great his fellow Power teammate Mitch Knight had already had valuable minutes on the court.
"He's always been a good player and he's got the size and all the ability to be really successful," he said.
Owen and his Port City Power teammates will play in an away triple-header down on the Gold Coast against North Gold Coast Seahawks this Friday night, South West Metro Pirates on Saturday night and then Gold Coast Rollers on Sunday afternoon.