Marquette lands Top150 junior Damarius Owens
Damarius OwensNo. 112 overall in the class of 2024, he committed to playing for the Marquette Golden Eagles, he told 247Sports.
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound small forward from the Hudson, Ohio, Western Reserve Academy dedicated himself to Shaka Smart and his program compared to his other two Virginia Tech and Syracuse finalists.
“I chose Marquette because of the coaching staff’s relationship with me and my family,” Owens said. “These guys have a plan for me and they see something in me. Marquette is also a basketball school and they have a loose up and down style that I think I can do well.”
As Owens told 247Sports ahead of his announcement, he was looking for those relationships with coaches and style of play, both of which were tested by Marquette, and he also shared his views on staff relationships.
“Two things I remember about the coaches are their energy and how they take care of their players,” Owens said excitedly. “And I mean all the staff! The energy pervades all of them and they bring that energy to the team. I think those are two factors that make them such a great team overall.”
Owens is Marquette’s first commitment in the class of 2024, creating a versatile addition to the program that can impact the game as a slasher, facilitator, defender and scorer.
“I look forward to bringing my energy and dedication to the program,” Owens said. “I want to win championships and get better. I know that with the coaching staff, the players and the people around me, this is quite achievable.”
Since taking over Marquette, Smart has attracted five Top 150 leads.