After two seasons at Maryland, former five-star center Olivia Owens has transferred to play basketball at UK.
Owens, from Albany, NY, played in 16 games as a freshman at Maryland before having to sit out last season due to a medical issue. In those 16 games, Owens averaged 1.5 PPG and 1.3 RPG, as she played behind on the bench.
In high school, however, she was a USA Today All-New York First-Team Honoree in her junior season as she averaged 20.6 PPG and 12.3 RPG. The next season as a senior, she became only the second player to score 1,000 career points and once scored a conference record 42 points in a game. Her high school career got her five-star recognition as she has shown such a high ceiling.
UK Head Coach Matthew Mitchell expressed his excitement in Owens joining the team in a press release sent out by UK Athletics, as she can be a real help getting the Cats to the next level.
“We are so excited that Olivia has chosen to be a Wildcat,” Mitchell said. “She obviously has a lot of intangibles that you cannot teach, like elite size and strength in the post, which is going to help us tremendously.”
Kentucky is in fact a team that has struggled inside with a lack of size, but the addition of 6-foot-4 Owens will help with that issue. Owens now joins two other highly touted transfers in former Tennessee play Jazmine Massengill and former Auburn player Robyn Benton, but all three will have to sit out a season before becoming eligible to play in the blue and white.