Commitment for Temple basketball

Posted: August 02, 2012

TEMPLE'S BASKETBALL program has received its second verbal commitment for the recruiting Class of 2013, and first since the Owls learned in March that they will be moving from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East beginning in the 2013-14 season.

Kyle Green, a 6-5 shooting guard from Camden Catholic High School who has been on coach Fran Dunphy's radar for a long time, was also considering Albany, Quinnipiac, Florida International and Colgate. Temple was the first to offer him a scholarship, at the end of his sophomore season. A three-year varsity player, he's already scored 1,163 career points. Last season he averaged 22 per game.

Josh Brown, a 6-2 guard from St. Anthony's (Jersey City, N.J.), had previously committed to the Owls. But in June he announced he was re-opening the recruiting process, which now also includes Rhode Island, Gonzaga, Virginia and Richmond and perhaps even Miami, Rutgers, Indiana and St. Joseph's.

The Owls must replace three starters from a team that made it to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive March and finished in the Top 25. They also lost Aaron Brown, who transferred after two seasons and ended up at Southern Mississippi. But they have two starters back, in seniors Khalif Wyatt, a shooting guard who was their second-leading scorer, and forward Rahlir-Hollis Jefferson. They'll also get back forward Scootie Randall, who sat out last season with an injury after being one of their more productive offensive players the second half of 2010-11. And they'll have another small forward, transfer Dalton Pepper, who also sat out last season after spending 2 years at West Virginia.

Added to that mix are two players who saw a lot of time off the bench, senior guard T.J. DiLeo and sophomore forward Anthony Lee, and another, promising soph guard Will Cummings, who is expected to be fully recovered from April knee surgery. And don't forget the freshmen: center DeVontae Watson and forwards Quenton DeCosey and Daniel Dingle. How quickly some or all of them contribute remains to be seen, but it was considered a good class.

Contact Mike Kern at kernm@phillynews.com.

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