October 14, 2014 |
Archbishop Carroll's Ernest Aflakpui, a 6-foot-10 senior center, committed Sunday evening to play basketball at Temple. "I just think he felt real comfortable with Fran Dunphy and the rest of the Temple coaches," said Terrell Meyers, the director of Aflakpui's AAU team, WeR1. "Coming from Ghana, I think he wanted to experience something different and be in the city. " Aflakpui, who came to Carroll from Ghana in September 2012, chose the Owls over Rhode Island, St. Joseph's, and St. Louis.
October 5, 2014 |
The time is now for Jaylen Bond, and Bond couldn't be any happier. After sitting out last season after transferring from Texas, the 6-7, 225-junior from Plymouth Whitemarsh is finally ready to play for the Temple. "I can't wait and I'm really looking forward to it," Bond said on Friday, following the Owls' first official practice at McGonigle Hall. "I feel like I've become an all-around better player. I learned a lot while watching and now I just want to play. " Bond will get that opportunity at last when the Owls open the 2014-15 season on Nov. 14 at home against American.
October 2, 2014 |
Levan Alston was looking for his dad's old Temple jersey on Monday night, but the search through the family's West Philadelphia home was unsuccessful. Alston thought it would be the perfect complement when he announced Tuesday morning that he was following his dad's path to play basketball for the Owls. A few hours before the news conference, there it was. "I found it in a clutter of stuff in the basement," said Alston. "It was a nice find. " The 6-foot-4 guard unzipped his black sweatshirt to reveal his dad's cherry-colored jersey with the same No. 10 the younger Alston wears at Haverford School.
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.