Stanford gets Josh Owens back

Josh Owens entered this past season as Stanford's second-leading returning scorer, coming off a sophomore year in which he averaged 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and led the team in blocked shots. But he did not playing a single minute and was redshirted due to an undisclosed medical condition that left many wondering if his career might be over.

But on Monday Owens was cleared to practice and to return next season after undergoing examinations and soliciting the advice of medical experts across the country.

Owens, barring any setbacks, would provide a 6-foot-8, 220-pound post presence for a team that's feeling good even coming off a 14-18 season while also losing leading star Landry Fields to the NBA draft.

Stanford upset Arizona State in the Pac-10 tournament, has an impressive incoming freshman class and could challenge in a Pac-10 that still seems to be anyone's conference.

And from speaking with coach Johnny Dawkins during the season, Owens remained an active member of the team even when he couldn't suit up to play.

Now that he can, expect Stanford to be feeling that much better about itself.