Owens signs with Southern Union
by Johnathan Bentley
Apr 10, 2012 | 1905 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill’s Tylor Owens signed a letter-of-intent with Southern Union Community College on Monday. Present at the signing were, seated from left: Carbon Hill Principal Gypsy Stovall, Tylor Owens, Shannon Hammond and Vanessa Owens, back row, Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps, Anthony Hammond, Southern Union coach Ron Radford, Carbon Hill assistant coach Scott Kirkland and Malone Wallace. Owens is up for the 3A Player of the Year Award, which will be given out on Wednesday. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Tylor Owens was an immediate impact player at Carbon Hill High School.

In his two years with the Bulldogs, Owens led the team to two state tournament appearances, including a state runner up finish this year.

Owens looks to make the same kind of impact at Southern Union.

The Carbon Hill senior guard signed with the Wadley community college on Monday. He will play for coach Ron Radford’s Bison beginning this fall.

From the first time since Radford saw Owens play last season, he’s wanted him in a Southern Union uniform.

“I saw him last year as a junior during the state tournament. I think he’s a floor general. He’s talented and makes good decisions. As far as pressure goes, he will be able to handle pressure when he sees it. He’s a good team leader. His upside is tremendous,” Radford said.

“I definitely think he can come in and contribute immediately. I think he’s one of the better point guards in the state — if not the best point guard in the state. That’s how much confidence I have in him. I feel like we got a steal with him. His potential is unlimited.”

Owens was a first-team All-State selection this season. He is also one of three finalists for the 3A Player of the Year Award, which will be given away Wednesday in Montgomery.

Owens contributed in every category for a Carbon Hill team that finished 27-8, losing to Greensboro in the 3A championship game for the second straight season. Owens averaged 16.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps, whose team is 57-10 over the last two seasons, feels Owens will be a key contributor for the Bison.

“I think Tylor will be a Day 1 starter there,” said Epps, who has coached against Radford in the junior college ranks. “You will see more of what he can do when he’s playing with guys who can do more things. For us to win big games, we had to have Tylor go out and get 20 (points). He won’t have to do that at Southern Union. I think as a freshman, he will lead that league in assists and steals.

“Coach Radford has had guys go play at Nebraska, Indiana, Auburn, Arkansas — you name it. With coach Radford refining the things Tylor does, I think he will have him in position to play at a Division I school in two years.”

Southern Union, which is located in Randolph County, finished the season 17-8 last year competing in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC). The Bison went 6-6 in conference play, finishing fourth in the North Division behind Shelton State, Marion Military and Lawson State.

“I just liked the way the campus was,” Owens said of Southern Union. “I felt like coach (Radford) is similar to coach Epps. I figured it’s a good place for me to go. Coach (Radford) told me if I went there that I would be starting for sure.

“I loved being at Carbon Hill. It’s been great. I like the way everybody treated me here. They took me in like family.”