September 12, 2014 |
AT ONE POINT, it looked as if Jalen Brunson was destined to go to Temple. His father Rick played for John Chaney some 2 decades ago. His mother Sandra played volleyball on North Broad Street. The family lived in South Jersey when he was growing up. As it turns out, the player Scout.com rates as the top point guard in the recruiting class of 2015 is coming to Philadelphia. But he'll be playing for a different Big 5 program from his dad's. Wednesday at Stevenson (Ill.) High, Brunson announced he will bring his talents to Villanova.
September 10, 2014 |
SOURCES FAMILIAR with the situation have confirmed reports that Jalen Brunson, son of former Temple standout Rick Brunson, will announce his college destination tomorrow afternoon at Stevenson (Ill.) High School. For a player who is considered one of the top lead guard prospects in the nation, that choice will either be Illinois or Villanova, the sources said. Brunson just visited Villanova this past weekend, after previously visiting Illinois. He was supposed to visit Temple this coming weekend but canceled.
August 13, 2014 |
JAYLEN BOND (Plymouth Whitemarsh) and Devin Coleman (Friends Central) gave Temple serious consideration before choosing Texas and Clemson, respectively. Jesse Morgan (Olney) did not really look at the Owls before heading off to Massachusetts. The three Philly guys are all regulars in the Temple practice gym this summer, getting ready to be part of the solution to a very un-Temple-like 9-22. They came home for various reasons, but come home they did and, if the Owls are to get back where the Owls have traditionally been, the three transfers will be critical parts of that.
August 9, 2014 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Philadelphia's representatives in the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 sat on stage Thursday and occasionally glanced up at the second-floor gallery where, glowing like familiar stars in an alien sky, the illuminated faces of earlier Philly basketball legends looked back. Those Hall of Fame predecessors and the city's rich and welcoming basketball culture, these inductees insisted, set them on a path to Springfield. "Growing up outside Philly in the late 1950s, early 1960s, there was nothing bigger than basketball," said Gary Williams, the South Jersey-born coach whose long and successful coaching career included an NCAA title in 2002 at Maryland.
June 27, 2014 |
THE RUMORS had been out there. Now all indications are it's about to become a reality. Sources have confirmed reports that former Temple point guard Rick Brunson is expected to soon join coach Fran Dunphy's staff on North Broad Street. Dunphy wouldn't comment when reached yesterday. Neither would Brunson. People familiar with the situation would only say "it's a process. " One said it could happen as soon as late next week. The job, as required, was posted by the university on Tuesday.
March 28, 2014 |
ALMOST. That's the key word junior guard Will Cummings used to describe Temple's 9-22 season, its first in the new American Athletic Conference. The Owls led in the second half of their first 15 games and won five of them. "That was kind of what happened," Cummings, the team's second-leading scorer at 16.8 points a game, said yesterday. "It's motivation, that you were on the team that kind of let everybody down, didn't live up to the expectations everybody's used to seeing.
March 20, 2014 |
Anthony Lee has decided to transfer from Temple. The redshirt junior center informed Owls coach Fran Dunphy of his decision on Monday. Dunphy will grant the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder his release. "I met with Anthony Lee and he has expressed an intent to pursue his option to utilize the NCAA graduate student exception rule and transfer to another school," Dunphy said. "Anthony has been a fine member of the Temple basketball family over his four years here and we will support any decisions he feels are in his and his family's best interests.
March 15, 2014 |
MEMPHIS - It's a tough thing to say, when your streak of six straight 20-win seasons evaporates into the 9-22 thunderstorm Fran Dunphy and his Temple Owls just rode through. The one that ended with an excruciating 94-90, double-overtime loss to Central Florida in Wednesday's opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament. But despite a long list of to-do's, starting with his team's defense, Dunphy insists he likes the road his young team is on. "Their attitude through a challenging and trying season was very good," Dunphy said after Temple's second OT loss in FedEx Forum in a month (the other an 82-79 loss to host Memphis)
March 14, 2014 |
MEMPHIS - Lose 22 of 31 games and the numbers are going to be difficult no matter where you look. Record against ranked opponents: 1-8. Points allowed: 77.6, ranked 324th of 345 eligible teams. Field goal defense: 47.5, also 324 of 345. The curtain had just been drawn on Temple's 9-22 season when coach Fran Dunphy reiterated his No. 1 priority going into next year. "[Defense] is the one thing that I think we need to spend so much time on in the offseason and get to better spots," Dunphy said.
February 18, 2014 |
THIS COULD have been cruel, but not unusual. There was Temple, with more players in uniform on the floor than on the bench and its double-double machine, Anthony Lee, on the pine with a minor left knee injury, somehow leading No. 23 SMU deep into the second half yesterday at the Liacouras Center. The 2013-14 script would have had the Owls gallantly taking the Mustangs to the wire and losing. The script was altered. Not unlike the script that was Dalton Pepper's for the first 4 years of his college career.