"Owen is a great competitor, but combines the skills, size, and athleticism to play every position on the floor. His versatility will allow us to find match-ups that we want to exploit, and use a variety of looks on the defensive end of the floor. He will, no doubt, be an impact player." — Stephen Baur, Acadia coach, team releaseThey don't rank just anybody second-best in the country at his position. Klassen, who's from Kingston (a town that's produced some pretty good CIS bigs such as Carleton's graduating Aaron Doornekamp and Queen's fourth-year forward Mitch Leger is said to be a pretty rangy, athletic 6-foot-8.
One does wonder if this has an influence on where Tyson Hinz, of Ottawa, ends up going, since they would have competed for minutes. Ideally, the education and the opportunity to grow as a person and player should trump wanting to pay right away. Besides, if you're confident in what you're doing and have the ability, the chance will come.