Power star in making takes hints on board
DYLAN Owen has only scored nine points in the Queensland Basketball League, but already he is looking like a future star for the Port City Power.
At only 15 years old and feeling like he has made huge improvements in the past six months, Owen is hoping to play a bigger role in the side next year.
The drastic change coincides with the arrival of Derek Rucker, from whom who Owen has been soaking up information since his arrival.
"My whole game has changed; he has changed the fundamentals for the whole club," Owen said.
"Cardell McFarland helped out teaching me how to play at a higher level too."
The wave of learning will not stop for the point guard either, with Michael Cedar signing with Gladstone.
A National Basketball League-level player, Cedar is sure to have even more advice to pass on.
"I played one game against him this year and he guarded me," Owen said.
"He will teach me a lot."
For a player who is as young as Owen to be in such a promising position is a good sign for Gladstone.
Playing since he was four, Owen followed his family into the sport, with older brothers Jacob and Kirk playing before him.
And with his father John from the United States, it was only natural to see Owen shooting hoops.
Now Owen hopes his experience with the Power to rise up the ranks to be the leader, desperate to lose the rookie tag.
"I am a little bit of a rookie and get picked on a bit," he laughed.
"My brothers have been through it and they make it is bit worse."
The only negative for Gladstone is Owen's plan for the future includes heading to the US for college.
While it is a few years away still and he would return better than when he left, it would be a shame to lose him for any time at all.
"I need to grow a bit more," Owen said. "But I will go to any college that will take me."