UMW News Bureau
University of Montana Western men’s basketball standout Jake Oswley helped lead his team to a 24-10 record and the team’s best finish in school history with an appearance in the Elite Eight at the 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament. Since returning home, the junior was honored as an NAIA Second Team All-America pick.
The selections were released on Wednesday, March 20 and are made by the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee. The picks comprise first, second, third and honorable mention teams. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams. Seven other players from the Frontier Conference were also selected, including fellow second team honoree Marcel Towns of the University of Great Falls. Towns was also the Frontier Conference MVP.
Owsley, a 6’8” forward, has been a force for the Bulldogs all season, averaging 11.8 points per game on 54 percent shooting. He led the conference with 1.55 blocks (seventh in the nation) and Montana Western with 8.3 rebounds (19th in the nation).
In a huge overtime victory at Rocky Mountain College, Owsley set new career-highs with 23 points and 18 rebounds. He averaged 26 minutes for the Bulldogs, started in 27 of the 29 games he played in and had eight double-doubles on the season.
Last season, Owsley was a regular starter for the 25-10 Bulldogs and averaged 19.1 minutes. He put up 151 points (5.2 per game), 117 rebounds (four per game), 23 blocks, 15 steals and 20 assists. Owsley’s leadership was crucial after Montana Western graduated several key seniors last year. The time he put in during the off season was evident in his increase in statistics across the board: 341 points (11.8 per game), 241 rebounds (8.3 per game), 45 blocks, 25 steals and 36 assists.
The physical education and health K-12 major hails from Bozeman, Mont. and is the son of Phil and Cris Owsley.