Central Florida lands four-star 2015 forward Alex Owens

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Central Florida is making the move to the American this season, but the Knights  also have something to look forward to in 2015 with the arrival of its latest recruit, Oak Ridge High (Fla.) power forward Alex Owens.

The 6-foot-8 Owens committed to UCF on Tuesday, according to ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.

“I wanted to stay close to home and be near my family,” Owens told Goodman. “I really like coach (Donnie) Jones, their staff and how they are with the players. I just felt different about them than the other schools.”

This is an impressive commit for Central Florida. Owens is ranked as the No. 71 overall player in the Class of 2015 according to Rivals. Despite only entering his junior season, the Orlando, Fla. native held offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, N.C. State and Providence.

This summer, Owens played in the Nike EYBL with the eventual Peach Jam champion Each 1 Teach 1 (Fla.). During the Peach Jam in July, Owens saw an increase in his production. He averaged 9.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He played alongside Duke commit Grayson Allen, North Carolina bound Joel Berry and D’Angelo Russell, who is committed to Ohio State.

He also also averaged 11.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game for USA South in the Nike Global Challenge. He ended the four-game showcase with back-to-back double doubles (14 points, 11 rebounds; 17 points, 10 rebounds) against USA Midwest and USA West.

Owens is the second commit UCF has received this summer. In August, Boone High (Fla.) point guard B.J. Taylor became the lone commit in its Class of 2014.

Good luck Goodluck: UNLV’s Okonoboh to transfer

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UNLV sophomore Goodluck Okonoboh is transferring out of the program, a source told NBCSports.com.

The 6-foot-10 center was the No. 31 recruit in the Class of 2014, but he never was able to find a place in the UNLV rotation. He averaged 2.9 blocks as a freshman, but is a career 34 percent free throw shooter that never proved he could be more than just an athlete.

With Ben Carter getting eligible and UNLV landing Stephen Zimmerman this season, Okonoboh’s minutes dried up. He played just 19 minutes total against UCLA and Indiana.

VIDEO: Northeastern beats No. 15 Miami at the buzzer

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Quincy Ford capped off a 24 point night by drilling a step-back jumper at the buzzer as Northeastern knocked off No. 15 Miami, 78-77, in Coral Gables on Friday.

Northeastern led at the half, but Miami had seemingly taken control of the game when they went up 70-63 with four minutes left. But David Walker, who finished with 21 points, helped to lead the Huskies back, sparking a 13-2 run that put Northeastern up 76-72.

After a three from Davon Reed and a bucket from Sheldon McClellan put Miami ahead, Ford hit the shot that gave NU the win.

Miami was one of the hottest teams in the country following their win in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last weekend, as they rolled over Mississippi State, Utah and Butler. But against Northeastern, the Hurricanes came out a bit sluggish — tryptophan hangover? — and never could find a way to slow down Northeastern’s stars. Ford and Walker are Bill Coen’s two stars, and they finished with a combined 45 points.

To be fair, Northeastern is a good team. They’ve not top 25 good and they’re probably not better than any of the teams that Miami beat last weekend, but they are coming off of an NCAA tournament appearance and they are a favorite to win the CAA this year. They’re well-coached and did the things they needed to do to beat Miami: they shot 12-for-22 from three and they gave up just six offensive rebounds.

As far as Miami is concerned, I’m not overly concerned about this loss. It doesn’t change what happened in Puerto Rico and it certainly doesn’t change the fact that they have talented guards, size up front, depth and plenty of experience. Jim Larrañaga’s got a squad.

The red flag is that the Hurricanes have had a tendency to be inconsistent in recent years. Remember, they won at Duke last season then went to the NIT. And point guard Angel Rodriguez, who scored 10 of his 12 points down the stretch on Friday, is arguably the most inconsistent player in college basketball.

If they haven’t solved those problems, that’s a much bigger concern than losing a hard-fought game to a good mid-major team.