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Wednesday / June 19.
  • Raven Owen Jr. to Canisius

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    photo-22Raven Owen Jr., a 5-foot-11, 160-pound 2014 point guard at St. Joe’s-Metuchen, verbally pledge to Canisius on Saturday, he told SNY.tv.

    He also considered LIU, Boston University, Fairfield, Towson, George Washington, Western Kentucky and St. Bonaventure, but picked Canisius after an official visit Thursday and Friday.

    Owen Jr. is the third member of head coach Dave Turco’s team to commit to a D-1 school, following big man Karl Towns Jr. (Kentucky) and shooting guard Wade Baldwin (Vanderbilt).

    “Raven is going to be a very solid player in the MAAC,” Turco told SNY.tv.

    “He has worked hard to improve his body to be ready for the physical play and has honed his leadership skills. He is a tenacious on-the-ball defender who has the ability to change the game with his exceptional quickness. He is a very skilled ball-handler and shoots the ball extremely well from beyond the arc. For us he has been asked to be more of a facilitator but he is very capable of putting up big numbers.”

    Said Owen Jr.: “I really like Coach [Jim] Baron and Coach Dupree, and the program is on the rise.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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