WVU Alum Damian Owens On Mountaineer Memories, Jevon Carter
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia men’s basketball alum Damian Owens came back to Morgantown on Saturday to take in GameDay and West Virginia’s contest against Kentucky. Playing from 1995-98, the Seat Pleasant, Md., native averaged 13.9 points per game, and still stands third on the all-time steals list (244), tenth in rebounding (868), and 13th in scoring (1,616).
Owens said that the biggest thing Saturday’s festivities brought back to him was the passion and support of Mountaineers fans.
“One of the biggest things is the energy of the crowd and the fans,” he said after watching them wait for a couple of hours to see head coach Bob Huggins and the GameDay broadcast. “It increases your adrenaline.”
An excellent defender himself, Owens is impressed by what he sees from current guard Jevon Carter, who passed him on the steals list earlier this year and now stands clear of him by 42 swipes.
“He’s aggressive. He’s constantly moving his hands, and they don’t stay still,” said Owens, who did his defensive damage in the rugged Big East conference. “He plays 94 feet for 40 minutes, and he knows how to utilize his help on defense.”
These days, Owens is working on another type of defense. Working with IDShield, he’s an executive director for one of the largest identity protection firms in the nation.