Former UH Stars Andre Owens and Oliver Lafayette Play In NBA Summer Leagues

July 30, 2007

Houston - Former University of Houston star basketball players Andre Owens and Oliver Lafayette played in the NBA Summer Leagues at Orlando and Las Vegas, respectively.

Owens averaged 12 points and 3.6 assists while starting all five games for the Pacers. His best outing came against the New Jersey Nets, when he led the Pacers with 23 points in a 90-65 victory. Owens also led Indiana with 14 points against Orlando, and registered 11 points, four assists and four steals versus Miami. He opened the summer with eight points and eight assists versus Chicago.

A native of Indianapolis, Owens played three seasons at Houston, averaging 16.2 points throughout his career. His best season came as a senior when he was named an All-Conference USA Second-Team performer after he averaged 18.3 points and set school records for most three-point field goals in a game, season and career. He also led the Cougars in free throw shooting and steals during his junior and senior years.

He signed with the Utah Jazz in 2005-06 and played in 23 games before being traded to Golden State. After the Warriors waived him, he averaged 16.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists with Anaheim in the NDBL.

Lafayette played in three games for Sacramento this summer. His most extensive action came against the Los Angeles Clippers when he scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes of playing time. He also made one of his two free throws and handed out an assist against the Houston Rockets when he played seven minutes.

A two-time All-Conference USA Second-Team player and a member of the 2007 C-USA All-Tournament Team, Lafayette led the league in steals during each of the last two years. In 2005-06, he ranked second nationally and set both school and conference records with 3.4 steals per game. He also ranked third among the league's scoring leaders with 15.7 points per game in 2005-06.

Last season, he averaged 2.4 steals per game and helped the Cougars reach the finals of the C-USA Tournament for the first time in school history. He also ranked seventh among C-USA scoring leaders with 14.3 points , and ninth in free throw percentage with 75.8 percent.



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