By JOSH VERLIN
It is the rare true freshman that plays big minutes for Fran Dunphy. It has happened in the coaches’ seven years at Temple, but it’s been clear throughout the years that the veteran head coach prefers his younger players spend time learning behind the veterans before shining themselves a year or two later.
Those who have seen significant court time early in their Owls careers are all familiar names. Ryan Brooks, who went on to score over 1200 points, saw just over 10 mpg back in 2006-07. Argentinian point guard Juan Fernandez, who would start for three seasons in cherry and white, averaged just over five points per game in 2008-09. The year before Fernandez it was current Philadelphia 76ers center Lavoy Allen who made the biggest impact as a freshman under Dunphy, starting 32 contests and averaging 8.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
This year, a new name is going to join that small group. Josh Brown, a 6-foot-3 New Jersey native, looks certain to play a huge role for this years’ Owls.
“This summer, [Dunphy] told me that I’d be one of the few freshman to ever play for him a significant amount of minutes,” Brown told CoBL. “I’m happy and I’m just trying to go out there and prove him right that I can go out there and play significant minutes.”
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Temple secured its first pledge in the Class of 2014 on Sunday when 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward Obi Enechionyia of St. James (Md.) High School verbally committed on Twitter.
Asked what he liked, he told SNY.tv: “Great coaching staff and team, loved the campus, great school and they’ve been with me since the beginning of my recruitment.”
An athletic four man who can play some three, Enechionyia also considered Miami, Loyola Marymount and Georgia Tech
“He’s a very skilled forward who can make shots and is very athletic,” Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens told SNY.tv.
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NEW YORK — Temple senior guard Khalif Wyatt will never play in a Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden.
But he wishes he could get the chance.
“Oh, yeah, I mean I would love to, but my time is up,” Wyatt told SNY.tv exclusively following his career-high 33-point outburst as Temple stunned No. 3 Syracuse, 83-79, in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at the Garden. To read more of this story, click here
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — When your name is Bob Hurley and your program is called St. Anthony, it seems that every year brings another milestone.
This year is no exception.
Having won their 66th consecutive game Sunday with a 64-28 victory over Neptune at the Tip-Off Hoop Group Showcase, the Friars will now seek to set a modern-day New Jersey record of 67 straight wins when they play Newark Central Thursday night.
Ironically, St. Anthony is seeking to break its own record of 66 straight wins set under Hurley from 1995-7.
The Passaic “Wonder Teams” under Ernest “Prof” Blood won 159 consecutive games from 1919-25.
“I haven’t given this thing one second of thought,” said Hurley, the Naismith Hall of Famer who has won back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles and 12 overall. “That is something that’s not coming up. To read more of this story, click here
Even though it is a full voting member of the Big East, Temple cannot stop the Catholic dissolution of the conference, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.
“They could not stop it,” the source said. “There’s language within the bylaws or the contracts that basically they or the football group could not stop that from happening. There’s some kind of clause pertaining to the dissolution of the league where it doesn’t apply. There’s a loophole there somewhere.”
We previously been reported that the seven Catholic schools – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova — had the necessary two-thirds vote to dissolve the conference over the three remaining all-sports schools — Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Josh Brown is sticking with his first choice.
After decommitting from Temple in June, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound St. Anthony point guard decided to recommit, choosing Temple over Rhode Island, Penn State and Providence.
“I’ll be a Temple Owl,” Brown said in the SNY studio Monday. “I can’t wait to go down there and play in the backcourt with Quenton DeCosey, Will Cummings and Daniel Dingle. I also get a chance to be coached by one of the most underrated coaches, coach Fran Dunphy and his staff. And I’m going to be in Philly, a great place to be.”
Brown’s decision was a sentimental one. He chose Temple in part because his late mother, Kimberley, who died when he was 1 year and three months old, went there. To read more of this story, click here
Just a few days after watching 2014 forwards Abdul-Malik Abu and Alec Brennan at the “Live in AC” event, both Maryland and Temple have offered them scholarships.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon called Expressions 16s coach Tyron Boswell on Tuesday, and Temple assistant Dwayne Killings also called. Both watched the 6-foot-8 Abu and the 6-10 Brennan play in the 16s final on Friday, where the Expressions lost to Team Takeover. To read more of this story, click here
Josh Brown’s stock is on the rise and he’s decided to re-open his recruitment after pledging to Temple last season.
“Yes, I did,” the 6-foot-2 2013 St. Anthony combo guard told SNY.tv after the news had previously been reported by several outlets. “The reason why I did is I don’t want to regret anything when all is said and done. I want to just enjoy the process.
“Temple is still top on my list. The new schools I have now are Rhode Island, Gonzaga, Virginia and Richmond.”
St. Anthony assistant coach Eric Harrield said he had also heard from Miami, Rutgers, St. Joe’s and Indiana. To read more of this story, click here
Former Temple guard Aaron Brown has committed to Southern Miss.
The 6-foot-5 Hackensack, N.J., native will have two years of eligibility left after sitting next season.
“I think it was the best opportunity for me after sitting out my year,” the former St. Benedict’s Prep guard told SNY.tv by phone following his visit to Southern Miss. “I want to take the year off to get better physically and skill-wise.” To read more of this story, click here
Temple University’s Board of Trustees will meet via conference call Wednesday afternoon to discuss joining the Big East in all sports, CSNPhilly.com reported.
As reported here last week, the Big East has fast-tracked Temple to join for all sports in 2012 mainly because West Virginia is leaving the league by July 1 to join the Big 12. West Virginia must pay the Big East $20 million to leave early.
With only seven football schools left, the Big East needed to move fast in order to add an eighth team for scheduling purposes. Temple, which plays football in the MAC, had previously been in the Big East for football from 1991-2004 but was booted for being non-competitive. To read more of this story, click here