When Oregon State men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson was at the opening of the basketball practice facility, he hinted that he might be bringing in a new assistant coach soon.
Robinson and the Beavers have been on the lookout to replace David Grace, who took a similar position at UCLA.
Robinson found one in Montana assistant Freddie Owens, according to The Missoulian.
“I did my homework to see what I was getting into,” Owens told the Missoula, Mont., newspaper. “I got great reviews about coach Craig Robinson as a person and as a coach with his staff.
“They have a special thing brewing in Corvallis and next season is a chance for me to be a part of that.”
An OSU sports information department official said on Saturday that they unable to comment about the reported hiring.
Owens played at Wisconsin and spent four seasons with the Grizzlies.
Owens worked with guards and big men for Montana, prepared scouting reports and recruited.
“I loved his energy on the floor,” Montana coach Wayne Tinkle told the Missoulian. “He did a great job with individual workouts and getting players better both in-season and during the offseason. Then he really improved his basketball intellect.”
Owens played in Europe and then took a job at Adams State (Colo.) as an assistant.
He spent one season as a graduate assistant at Iowa State before landing the job at Montana.