Faith Baptist Christian Academy’s Jerry Owens on Thursday signed a letter of intent to play men’s basketball at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma.
This season, Owens helped lead the Crusaders to a 31-6 record and a top-10 ranking in Georgia by The USA Today.
“This feels so good,” Owens said. “It’s a great feeling to know that you wanted to get to this level and compete so bad and then to finally attain it … I want to thank Pastor (Terry) Sellars, (FBCA head) coach Matthew (Sellars) and coach Jon (Morgan). They helped me with everything, not just basketball. They pushed me and I was blessed that they did.”
According to Sellars, Owens can do just about anything when he has a basketball in his hand and should be able to help the Cougars immediately.
“Jerry can dribble like a point guard, but at 6-foot-8, he can do a whole lot more,” Sellars said. “He can shoot the 3-pointer, take off the dribble or post up. He will definitely make their team faster … he really can do everything.”
“Jerry is a big kid with a big heart. He’ll do anything he can for anybody, but on the basketball court he is focused, energetic and very aggressive. When he is out there, he will give you everything he has,” Morgan said.
Redlands Community College is 15 miles west of Oklahoma City and plays in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Last season, the Cougars, whose head coach is Earnest Crumbley, went 8-21, according to NJCAA.com.