Temple Lands Power Forward Aflakpui

Ernest Aflakpui, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, will stay close to his high school for college after he committed to Temple on Sunday.

A rebounder/defender who is still polishing his offensive game, the native of Ghana also considered St. Joe’s, VCU, Rhode Island and St. Louis.

“I just think he felt real comfortable with Fran Dunphy and the rest of the Temple coaches,” Terrell Meyers, the director of Aflakpui’s AAU team, WeR1, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Coming from Ghana, I think he wanted to experience something different and be in the city.” To read more of this story, click here

Report: Likely Temple Assistant Brunson Charged in Sexual Assault

Rick BRick Brunson, who reportedly was set to be named an assistant coach at Temple later this month, was arrested June 25 on a sexual assault charge at a fitness center in suburban Chicago, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The paper sites a Vernon Hills (Ill.) police report saying Brunson grabbed an employee of Lifetime Fitness and was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and third-degree aggravated battery. No court date was announced. To read more of this story, click here

Temple’s Dingle Sidelined for Season With Knee Surgery

Temple sophomore guard/forward Daniel Dingle will have arthroscopic surgery next week to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, the school announced.  The injury was suffered at practice on Sunday.

It’s unclear what his recovery time will be after the surgery, but it is likely he will be sidelined the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

The Brooklyn, N.Y. native has been the team’s top reserve this season, averaging 6.7 points per game to rank fifth on the squad.  He scored a career-high 13 points in the Owls’ loss to Texas Southern on Dec. 18, and followed that with a 12-point outing in his second start of the year against LIU Brooklyn (Dec. 21) in his hometown. He also had a career-high three blocks against the Blackbirds.

On the season, he also averaged 20.3 minutes, 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and was tied for team-high with 11 blocked shots.

The news was previously reported by CoBL.com.

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Freshman Josh Brown Ready to Contribute at Temple


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 Lands Big Man

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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Temple’s Wyatt Wishes He Could Play A Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden

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