'Physical presence, size' are vital qualities
IPSWICH Force coach Chris Riches is one of the first people to recognise youthful talent and give them a go.
However, it was other qualities that also helped the state league basketball mentor invite Joseph Owens to join his new-look squad.
"The first thing that stands out about Joseph when you first meet him is his genuine and honest nature,'' Riches said.
"While speaking with Joe I was impressed with his ability to demonstrate great leadership potential and help to move forward the right culture we would like in the Ipswich Force program now and into the future.''
Riches appreciated Owens' decision to leave his home city and move south.
"For Joe, the challenge of moving from a stable place of work and home in Townsville was a significant step,'' the coach said.
"It only further demonstrates his commitment to the program and his own passion for basketball.''
Owens, 21, has been training with the Force squad for more than a month.
Riches is excited to see what else the Force newcomer adds to the team this season.
"Joe brings a physical presence to the court, his size and effort on the floor is something to see,'' Riches said.
"Watching Joseph at training and during pre-season games only reaffirms the belief we made the right decision in having him arrive here to help build our program.
"I cannot wait to see Joe grow over the course of the season and become a core piece of what we hope will be our future”.