Hometown: Napoleonville, LA
High School: Assumption
Years on Team: 2002-06
Career Points, #53
Career Points By Decade, #9
Career 3 Pt. FG Pct., #3
Career 3 Pt. FG's, #8
Career FT Pct., #17
Career Steals, #20
In Darrel Owens' first season, he made one three pointer in nine attempts. Three years later, he graduated as one of the school's best three point shooters ever.
Owens arrived to Georgetown in 2001 but sat out his freshman season as a partial qualifier. Joining varsity play in 2002-03, he saw limited time, with a 11 point, 4 rebound effort at Duke as a season high. Moved to a starting role in 2003-04, Owens started off strong, averaging in double figures, scoring 20 versus Boston College and earning two 10+ rebounding games. Much like the team itself, though, Owens slumped as the team underwent a nine game slide to end the season. In his final nine games as a junior, Owens averaged only 4.5 points per game, none in double figures.
After 12 games starting as a senior, Owens was taken out of the starting lineup so as to accommodate freshman Roy Hibbert at center. The move was a blessing in disguise--although Owens would start only three other games the rest of his career, he began to excel as a valuable "sixth man" for the young Hoyas.
The transition was not easy for Owens, which saw his shooting numbers fall: he averaged only one field goal per game and 28% shooting in a nine game midseason stretch. His 14 point effort against Seton Hall in the 2005 Big East Tournament signaled a turnaround, and in the 2005 NIT, Owens averaged 18 points a game, including a career high 26 against eventual NIT champion South Carolina.
Returning in 2005-06 with a fourth year of eligibility, Owens' three point shooting had become a legitimate weapon. He scored 21 points off the bench (including 5-5 from three) to lead the Hoyas to a road win over a tough Texas El-Paso team, and followed two weeks later with 24 against St. John's. Following a 20 point effort in a narrow win over South Florida, Owens turned in a tremendous effort off the bench against #1 Duke. After missing his first shot of the game, Owens shot 6 for 7 from the field in the Hoyas 87-84 upset win, and followed up with 18 versus Notre Dame four days later.
Much as he did the previous two seasons, Owens' numbers slipped down the stretch. He regained form in March, however, highlighted by a 14 point effort over Ohio State in the NCAA's. Against Florida in the regionals, Owens played well on defense but missed a key three pointer in the final seconds as Florida escaped with the win en route to the NCAA title. The errant shot does not detract from a four year career which saw Owens become a key element of the resurgent Hoya program.
Darrel Owens' statistics, which might otherwise be forgotten in his role as a reserve, are still notable among Georgetown players of his era. Eighth among players in the decade in scoring, he ranks in the top 20 overall in free throw shooting and steals, and is third all-time in three point shooting percentage. For a program with a prior reputation of poor free throw and three point shooters, Owens was skilled at both, and his experience and determination helped return Georgetown to the national spotlight.