Temple Basketball Preview

November 6th, 2014 by AmyMac | Filed under Basketball, College Sports, Sports.
Temple Owls begin their season November 14.

Temple Owls begin their season November 14.

For the 2014-15 season, Fran Dunphy’s Temple University men’s basketball team will see three Philadelphia-bred transfer students. 6’7” forward Jaylen Bond of Plymouth Whitemarsh, a transfer from Texas, had a promising freshman year. Devin Coleman, a 6’2” guard from Clemson who played for Friends Central, will be eligible to play next month. 6’5” guard Jesse Morgan from Olney sat out last season after having transferred from UMass, and has spent a lot of time petitioning for eligibility this season. The fifth-year senior has only played a total of 63 games, and will be eligible to play only until the second semester begins. Freshman forward Obi Enechionyia also joins Dunphy’s squad; at 6’9” and 220 pounds, he’ll likely see some playing time if he outperforms Jimmy McDonnell.

Guards Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey, who averaged 16.8 and 15.4 points per game, respectively, in 2013-2014, will return to TU’s backcourt this season. Sophomores Josh Brown, a 6’3” guard, and Mark Williams, a 6’8” forward, show potential for breakout seasons. Look for Devontae Watson, Temple’s best shot blocker, and David Dingle, a returning 6’7” guard, to add some depth to defense. We probably shouldn’t expect to see a lot of 6’5” senior forward Nick Pendergast, but stranger things have happened.

This year, Coach Dunphy has lost Dalton Pepper and Anthony Lee (who has transferred to Ohio State). Pepper and Lee, both high scorers for the Owls, will be missed. Let’s just hope for a better record than the 9-22 from the 2013-2014 season.

The Owls’ season officially begins on Friday, November 14. They’ll be hosting American University at 7:30 pm at the Liacouras Center. The game will be aired on ESPN3, but you can purchase tickets from the Temple Athletics Ticket Office at owlstix.com.

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