By Jeff Goodman
NEW YORK - There was a time when Stanford's Josh Owens wasn't certain he'd ever play again.
"There were all types of possibilities," Owens said. "But I just followed what the doctors and medical staff told me."
Stanford's athletic forward missed the entire 2009-10 campaign due to an undisclosed medical condition that he did not elaborate on following arguably the best offensive performance of his college career.
"I'm thankful," Owens said after scoring 13 of his team's first 15 points and finishing with 21 in a 82-67 win over Oklahoma State.
Owens started as a sophomore, but then was diagnosed with the medical condition and wasn't allowed to practice with the team his junior season.
"I just worked out on my own," Owens said. "It was tough."
"I just took it day by day," he added.
Owens said he appreciates being able to get on the court - and is trying to make his final go-around with the Cardinal a memorable one.
With the recent stumbles in the Pac-12 by just about everyone in the league, Stanford - picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll - could sneak up and make a postseason run.
Especially if Owens continues to play with the energy and assertiveness he displayed at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night -- and freshman Chasson Randle (17 points, 5 rebounds) acclimates to the college game quickly. Sophomore Dwight Powell and Anthony Brown are also talented guys who, if they develop, could put the Cardinal in the equation for an NCAA tournament bid.
But Owens said while he is keeping tabs on the league, that's not his concern.
"We're focused on us," Owens said. "It's all about us."