Jesse Owens' great-nephew to play pro ball in Berlin

Updated: August 2, 2006, 12:12 PM ET
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BERLIN -- Seventy years after American Jesse Owens became the first track and field athlete to capture four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, his great-nephew Chris Owens has joined German basketball team Alba Berlin.

The 2006 Bundesliga runner-up, Alba signed the 27-year-old power forward to fill the club's last spot under the blocks.

Owens averaged 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds last season with Panionios Athens.

"Chris is a player who we have followed for some time now," Berlin coach Henrik Rodl said. "He's the player we were looking for, someone who will be a big help with his attitude, athleticism and skills around the basket."

Owens finished his collegiate career at the University of Texas and was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft. He played one game for the Bucks before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Jesse Owens captured gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters, the long jump and 4x100-meter relay.

Berlin, which lost to RheinEnergie Koln in the BBL finals, has brought in seven new players for this season to go with six who stayed with the team last year.

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