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52 Ray Owes
Ray Owes first came to Australia straight out of College but never showed ant signs of immaturity. He went to a school with a strong basketball tradition in Arizona. Arizona University has a tendancy to produce good fundamentally strong basketball players. Owes was no different, a good athlete and strong rebounder, Owes wasted no time in shooting to the top of the rebounding category. Geelong coach Ian Stacker found it hard to gauge Owe's worth in College because he played with NBA bound guards Damon Stoudamire and Khalid Reeves, and was therefore never the first option offensively. However he certainly was when he came to Geelong. Playing along side Simon Kerle, Orlando Williams and Cecil Exum it looked as if the SuperCats would be competetive. But the lack of Australian depth proved costly for SuperCats and probably was the decideing factor in their expulsion from the league. Owes then earned a trial with the Golden State Warriors and was successful signing with the team for one year. He had a good season and did enough to be signed for the 1997-98 NBA season, but Owes was waived by the Warriors after the Pre Season and his agent starting fielding offers from European Clubs and almost signed with a Spanish team. But he was keen to play again in Australia and was talking to the Bullets, Kings and Suns. He chose the latter and he should provide good support for Derek Rucker and the Suns. The team is looking for their first Play Off appearance and Owes should be the Player who can get them there.