Temple's Wyatt selected a A-10 Player of Year

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Posted: March 14, 2013

THE NAMES READ like a history of the John Chaney era of Temple basketball: Terence Stansbury, Granger Hall, Nate Blackwell, Tim Perry, Mark Macon, Aaron McKie, Eddie Jones, Marc Jackson and Pepe Sanchez.

Now, you can add Khalif Wyatt to that prestigious list.

On Tuesday, the senior guard from Norristown High was voted, not shockingly, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. He's the 10th Owl to be so honored, and the first in 13 years.

"Man, I really don't know what to say," said Wyatt, who led the conference in scoring at nearly 20 points a game. "I'm overwhelmed a little bit right now, really. It's an award that should go to my teammates and coaches, for sticking with me all year and just trusting me. I want to thank them."

Wyatt scored 30 in Sunday's regular-season finale win over nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth, the fifth time he had at least that many. The Owls, who are leaving the A-10 next season to join the football half of what used to be the Big East, got the third seed in the conference tourney. Following a first-round bye, they'll open against either Massachusetts or George Washington in Friday's 9 p.m. quarterfinal in Brooklyn. At 23-8 (11-5), having won their last seven, they might have already done enough to earn a sixth straight NCAA bid.

As a sophomore, Wyatt was the A-10's top Sixth Man.

"I think this is something that he'll really appreciate 10 years from now when he looks back on what a great season it was," said coach Fran Dunphy. "He's been our leader. There were times when he carried us. It's nice to see how far he's come in 4 years."

Joining him on the first team was La Salle's Ramon Galloway, who joins Steven Smith (2005, '06) and Rasul Butler (2001, '02) as the only Explorers to do so.

Wyatt's teammate, fifth-year graduate student T.J. DiLeo, son of Sixers' general manager Tony, made the All-Academic team.

VCU's Briante Weber was Defensive Player of the Year, Xavier's Semaj Christon was named Rookie of the Year.

St. Louis, which won the regular-season title, got both Coach of the Year (Jim Crews) and Sixth Man of the Year (Cody Ellis).

The other three first-teamers were Rotnei Clarke (Butler), Dwayne Evans (St. Louis) and Chaz Williams (Massachusetts). La Salle's Tyreek Duren made second team. St. Joe's Ronald Roberts made third team.

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