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November 8, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AFTER MAKING six consecutive NCAA Tournaments, Temple went 9-22 last season. Maybe it's not supposed to happen, but it does. At some point, even to the best programs. The Owls didn't have a lot of players to begin with, then some of the ones they were counting on got hurt. There's nothing they can do about it now except put it behind them and start over. "I couldn't even watch the NCAA Tournament," said senior lead guard Will Cummings, the team's leading returning scorer (16.8 average)
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October 31, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Fran Dunphy is not one to waste words. When he was asked what he needs from his returning top scorer, Will Cummings, the Temple basketball coach got to the point. "Just about everything," Dunphy said. "I need to trust in him and I have already. He's got to be our best decision maker. He's got to be our toughest and staunchest defender, and he has to lead us in every way on and off the court. And he's done a very good job of that. " Cummings was named second-team all-American Athletic Conference on Wednesday during the AAC's media day. The part about being the toughest and staunchest defender seemed to resonate with him. The Owls had posted six consecutive seasons of 21 or more wins and reached the NCAA tournament each time.
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October 31, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - The 11 head men's basketball coaches from the American Athletic Conference sat side by side in brown leather chairs yesterday, each taking a turn to briefly discussing his team's prospects for the looming season. When it came his time to clutch the microphone, Temple coach Fran Dunphy cut right to the point. In the wake of a dismal 9-22 season that snapped the program's streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances at six, the Owls' focus entering the 2014-15 campaign is clear.
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October 14, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 5, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 2, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 12, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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September 10, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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August 13, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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August 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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