Earlier this week, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marc Narducci, reported that Temple University’s Quinton Rose is still on the fence about staying in the NBA Draft.
This news is coming at the heels of Rose surprisingly not receiving an NBA Combine invitation.
Rose told Narducci that being left off the invitation list was, “pretty tough. Right now, I am making the best of the situation and staying positive.”
Despite not receiving an invitation, the 6-7′ guard has still received interest from NBA teams. Narducci reported that Rose has had workouts with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, so far. He also has upcoming workout with the Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets.
This season, Rose improved his scoring (14.9), rebounding (4.3), assisting (2.3) and 3-point shooting (34.5%). As a result of his success, he earned American Athletic Conference Honorable Mention following the season.
Since Rose did not sign with an agent when declaring for the draft, he is eligible for returning to Temple University and improve his stock as a Junior. He has until May 30th to withdraw from the draft.
Temple is the new home for Syracuse transfer, Rodney Williams.
Williams decided to transfer from the Orange earlier this offseason, but did not make the move to North Philadelphia official until Friday. Williams is headed to the Owls as a graduate transfer and is elgibile to play for the 2018 season.
He will be headed closer to home for his final season, he announced via his twitter account.
Back in 2013, Williams chose Syrcause over scholarship offers from Temple and Buffalo. Now after three seasons, he is headed to North Broad.
Williams, a native of Cherry Hill, NJ, started just 21 games over the past 3 seaons for the Orange.
He started the first five games at free safety as a redshirt freshman in 2015, then started 10 games at strong safety in 2016 before moving back to free safety and starting six games at that position this past season.
If you are interested in seeing the newest Owl, check out Williams’ official Junior year highlights below:
Editor’s Note: Coming off of a draft year where Haason Reddick went from walk-on to the NFL’s 13th overall draft pick, another group of Owls are ready to make their NFL dreams a reality. For a Temple class with the most wins in school history (33), 4-year starter Sean Chandler was the only NFL combine invite of the group. Temple Update’s 2018 football contributors did their research to figure out where each former Owl could see themselves come next football season.
Sean Chandler – (Projected Rounds 5-6)
Larry O’Connor (@Larry_OConnor1) – Chandler will be the first Owl taken in this year’s draft. Although he’s listed as a safety, he also has the ability to play corner, where he spent his first two seasons in the Cherry & White. His versatility should boost his stock in the draft. 9 career interceptions and 13.5 career tackles for loss prove he’s a play maker, and will be on an NFL roster come September.
Brian Steinmetz (@Brian__Stein) – Chandler is ranked the 10th best free safety on CBS Sports. “Champ” as his teammates call him, has been a starter since his freshman year in 2014 and earned a single-digit jersey number the following season, one of the team’s highest honors. He ranks 14th all-time in tackles at Temple with 265. His senior season he was third on the team with 79.
Adam Miller (@amillersports) – Chandler seems like an absolute lock in this year’s draft. NFL Draft Scout currently projects him as a fifth-rounder for this year’s draft and the 11th best safety in the draft. Chandler is a rangy defensive back who’s size (6’0, 195 lbs) may even allow him to play cornerback at the next level. Chandler is the only player to receive an invite to the NFL combine.
Donovan Hugel (@donohugel) – Just one year after Temple had three players drafted into the NFL, it looks like they will at least have one player drafted in the form of safety Sean Chandler. Chandler, who this year had 67 tackles, five passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble, is projected to be a fifth round pick, the same round that Hairston was picked in. He is durable position-wise as well as he can play cornerback which helps in zone schemes.
Sam Neumann (@SamNeu_) – Sean Chandler is without a doubt the most likely Owl to be taken in this year’s NFL Draft. Chandler has a fifth round projected draft slot according to CBS Sports as of now, but that could change after a solid showing at the combine. Team’s will be enamored with the versatility of Chandler as he can play his natural college position of safety in the pros, or he can play a little bit of cornerback as well.
Mike Jones – (Projected Rounds 7-FA)
Adam- Once arriving at Temple University, Mike Jones was asked by Marc Narducci why he didn’t declare for the NFL draft. His response: “I definitely see I wasn’t ready for the [NFL] this year, and there is a lot of stuff I can work on, and that is what I am getting done now.” Jones offers versatility to a team as he can play as both an outside and nickel cornerback. Last season, ESPN’s Todd McShay said that Jones stands out to him as the best pick among late-round defensive backs.
Brian- Jones, a redshirt senior, transferred to Temple this past season after graduating from North Carolina Central University to help increase his draft stock competing at a Football Bowl Subdivision. In his lone season at Temple, he had a total of 44 tackles and one interception. In 2014, he recorded a career high five interceptions during the season.
Donovan- After Temple’s loss to Houston this past season, coach Geoff Collins said that redshirt-senior cornerback Mike Jones, “…is a big-time college football player, and he’s going to be big-time moving forward at the next level.” That was the reasoning behind Jones coming to Temple after he totaled 114 tackles and 11 interceptions at North Carolina Central University. Like Chandler, Jones can play two positions, outside and nickel cornerback, which will help to improve his overall draft stock.
Sam- Mike Jones arrived at Temple University as a graduate transfer, and immediately showed the NCAA how dynamic of a returner he can be. His big play ability with the ball in his hands on special teams will certainly put him on an NFL roster. Jones is not just a return-specialist either, he has a good chance of being a productive starter in the nickel as well, and could be a potential late round steal.
Keith Kirkwood – (Projected Rounds 6-FA)
Larry- The University of Hawaii transfer has one uncontested positive going into the draft: size and speed combination. The (almost) 6-3 wide out compares with another Philadelphia wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery. Or keeping it within Temple, he also compares to current New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson with the lightning 40-time for a guy his size. This season Kirkwood caught 45 passes for 671 yards and 7 touchdowns- quickly turning into the teams no.1 wide out as the year progressed.
Brian- Back in December, Kirkwood signed with NFL agents Michael and Jason Katz to represent him in the upcoming draft. He was the first player to receive a single-digit number under new HC Geoff Collins. He transferred to Temple in 2014 following a season at the University of Hawaii. Kirkwood’s postseason stats speak for themselves, he has a combined 275 yards in the last 3 postseason games.
Adam- Kirkwood has been one of Temple’s more consistent receivers through the years. Over his career he has accumulated 103 receptions, 1,638 yards and 16 touchdowns. Rotoworld.com praised Kirkwood on his play this year and believes that due to his measurables, he has a chance of being a late pick. “Because of his size, he could see some looks as a late-round prospect in the NFL Draft.”
Donovan- After transferring from the University of Hawaii in 2013, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood has been a stand-out player for the Owls. The 6’3”, 220 pounder averaged 14.91 yards per reception, good for second on the team, and had seven receiving touchdowns which tied for first with Adonis Jennings, another wide receiver. While he doesn’t have the best NFL-level speed, Kirkwood’s size and frame should be enough for a team to take a chance on him.
Adonis Jennings – (Projected Rounds 7-FA)
Sam- Adonis Jennings has a rare combination of size and speed and those traits are surely desirable out of a wide receiver. After one semester at Pittsburgh, Jennings came back home and set his mark on Broad Street as a marquee part of the Owls offense. Jennings showed teams his worth during the the East-West Shrine game, showing off the kind of athlete he is. He is a very good route runner with good awareness and great hands.
Brian- Jennings helped boost his draft stock by participating in the NFLPA Bowl and making some athletic catches and being labeled as a skilled route runner. His 6-foot-3 frame certainly will help him get selected. This season he had 4 games with over 75 yards receiving, including one game with 127 yards.
Adam- Adonis Jennings may have been the most physically gifted wide receiver on the Owls team last year. Formerly a 4-star Pittsburgh commit, Jennings showed flashes of his ability throughout his time with the Owls. Jennings is a big play receiver who lead the team in yard per catch this past season at 17.7. This was on display at the NFLPA Bowl where he was one of the game’s top performers hauling in a 61 yard pass. During the game he showcased his great hands and route running abilities, combine that with his 6’3 frame and he seems to be a likely draft prospect.
Larry- Jennings started slow in 2017, but quickly established his role with the team as a guy who can go up and get it. His coming out party was against Navy, when he posted 127 yards and 2 TD’s. His skill set should translate well at the next level as a deep threat, and a guy who can high point the ball and bring it down.
Sleepers: (Projected Free Agency Signings)
Larry- Although there is a good chance Finch doesn’t get drafted, I find it hard to believe he won’t be on a roster come September. Not only for his pass rushing ability (13.5 career), but also for his special teams ability. Finch has become the king of blocking punts (5 career) and will be a strong addition on special teams for whoever decides to sign him.
Donovan- It’s a toss-up whether Finch actually gets drafted or not, yet he should be picked up as an undrafted free agent at least. Like a few other players on this list, he’s a versatile player who came to Temple as a 218-lb inside linebacker, but is graduating as a 255-lb defensive end. He will be best used as a special teams player if on a roster, as he has a habit for blocking punts and is a strong rusher.
Sam- Sharif Finch is most likely going to be an undrafted free agent, but he has the opportunity to show NFL teams what he’s made of. He has versiality that teams are looking for, he can rush the passer from both edges, and is a terrific special teams player.
Larry- Sharga won’t be drafted in April, but should get a look at the NFL level. In a league that is constantly changing, the fullback position is losing its importance. Sharga is a versatile player, who played both fullback, defense, and special teams in 2017. His versatility should land him a minicamp invite, and a shot at a 53 man spot.
Adam- Unfortunately for Sharga, he’s playing a position that is a dying breed. More and more teams are abandoning the fullback offense in favor of a single-back set. However, there still are a select few teams they use fullbacks, so he could find his way on a roster. On his career, Sharga has carried the ball 39 times for a total of 150 yards and 1 touchdown.
Donovan- Sharga is a throwback type of player who is very effective in short yardage situations and can blow people up at the line of scrimmage. He is versatile though, as he contributed on special teams and the defensive sides of the ball as well. Sharga should get a shot at cracking a 53-man roster, but it will most likely be as an undrafted free agent.
Larry- Foster had a relatively stable 2017, as a dependable corner for Temple. His stats don’t jump off the page, but he was consistent on the back end. It will be interesting to see if he makes an NFL roster, but don’t rule out a move to the CFL, as former Owls Avery Williams, and Avery Ellis did a year ago.
Brian- Artrel Foster was the last single-digit number given out this season by HC Geoff Collins. He is a reliable defensive back that doesn’t have all the pizazz you might see elsewhere but he gets the job done when it means the most. Being drafted might be a stretch, but he could potentially get a few looks from some teams looking for depth at the secondary level.
Adam – Foster had a decent season for the Owls this year. Often mixed in and out with Linwood Crump, Foster was solid in his appearances. During the offseason, Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia reported that Foster was among the standout players. With great size at 6’0, 190 lbs Foster could possibly sign with a team as a free agent.
Sam- Artel Foster was a nice rotational corner and was consistent in his play. He may have a tough time making a 53-man roster, but with his ideal size at the position, teams could bring him in to fight for a job in training camp.
One last time could very well be Fran Dunphy’s motto for the 2018-2019 season.
According to multiple news outlets, Temple Men’s Basketball head coach, Fran Dunphy, will be stepping down after his 13th season. The 17-16 record for the Owls 2017-2018 season capped Dunphy’s 12 the season with Temple. Dunphy’s overall record with Temple is
247-152 prior to a 310-163 record with Penn. He is one of five coaches that have won over 200 games at two different division one schools in addition to being the winningest coach in The BIg 5 with 221 wins.
Despite all of Dunphy’s accomplishments and his impeccable contributions to the community, including his Coaches vs. Cancer philanthropy and teaching in The Fox School of Business, a new regime is not out of line for the Temple Owls. Even though Dunphy has led the Owls to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in his 12 seasons, Temple has found themselves out of the big dance for four of the last five seasons. Also, the team has never made it to the sweet sixteen under him.
Aaron Mckie is no stranger to the program. He was a Temple Owl under John Chaney and a pretty good one at that. He is number six on the all-time leading scorer’s list with 1,650 points and led the Owls to the Elite Eight in 1993. He was then drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft where he played in the league for 13 seasons. Eight of which were played with the Sixers. McKie then served as an assistant coach on for the Sixers before making his way back to Temple where he has been an assistant coach under Dunphy for four seasons.
Temple University has not confirmed or made an official statement on these reports. Philly.com, 6 ABC, and CBS Sports have all attributed an unnamed source, that has yet to be confirmed.
This is a developing story. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Coming off of a regular season that saw Temple come up short in their goal of getting an NCAA tournament birth, they look to finish off their season with some meaning. After receiving an invitation to the NIT tournament, the 5th seeded Owls look to focus their efforts on their first round matchup against 4th seeded Penn State University.
Following a loss in the second round of the American Athletic Conference tournament against Wichita State, the Owls (17 – 19), travel to Happy Valley with a resume that saw them defeat strong NCAA tournament teams Clemson, Auburn, and Wichita State including a tough three point loss to Houston. Leading scorers, Sophomore Quinten Rose (15.1ppg), Junior Shizz Alston Jr. (13.2ppg), and Senior Obi Enechionyia (10.9ppg) look to continue their season with an upset to start off their tournament play. The Nittany Lions play host following a strong regular season that saw them finish (21 – 13).
Playing in the grueling Big 10 conference, they performed better than expected in the preseason completing 9 wins against conference opponents. Those include three over NCAA tournament team Ohio State thanks to strong efforts from their sophmore star Tony Carr. The First-Team All Big 10 Guard will be a tough task for the Owls to contain with rumblings of him being on multiple NBA radars. With season averages of (19.9 ppg) and (4.7 assists), Temple will look to lock in on him and disrupt Penn State’s core that includes both Philadelphia natives Sophomore Lamar Stevens (14.9 ppg) and Senior Shep Garner (11.1 ppg).
This is the first time the Owls have competed in the NIT tournament since the 2014 – 2015 NCAA season where they lost in the Semifinals to a University of Miami team 60 – 57.
Although an NCAA tournament appearance was the ultimate goal from the beginning of their season, Coach Dunphy looks to lead his team to an NIT championship that has only been won twice in their programs storied history, with their last coming in 1968.
Temple last played Penn State in the 2011 NCAA tournament, where the owls advanced to the next round defeating them 66-64.
Temple dominates the series between both programs with 60 wins to the Nittany Lions 32.
Temple’s hopes of making the NCAA Tournament are officially coming to an end after an 89-81 loss to Wichita State in the second round of the AAC tournament.
This game came down to the wire. It was the 19th game decided by 10 or fewer points for the Owls. They are now 11-8 in games determined by less than 10. Wichita State held the lead for the entirety of the game, with a lead as large as 10 and short as one. The Owls were able to cut it to 5 with 25 seconds remaining on the clock with a drive from Josh Brown. Inevitably, Temple was never able to gain the lead.
Fouls. Both teams found themselves in foul troubles, but the Owls were struggling from the opening minutes. Obi Enechionyia picked up two quick fouls in the first three minutes of the game, forcing Fran Dunphy to substitute Dre Perry. Perry would go on to foul out as well as JP Moorman. The big men being in foul trouble all night created another obstacle Temple needed to overcome. Temple was outrebounded by the Shocker, again, 35-24.
Wichita State shot 48% from the field and only 9-23 from behind the arc. However, 6 of those 9 threes came from Landry Shamet who went 6-9 from three and dropped 24 points on the Owls. The last time Temple played the Shockers they had a season-high of 16 made threes, including 11 in the first half. This time, Temple made 11 threes for the entire game.
Even though the Owls shot 50% from the field and 45% from the three, they could not stop the Shockers. “They’re [Wichita State] a really good basketball program, they have some veteran guys that made some veteran plays at the right times,” said coach Dunphy. Wichita State head coach, Gregg Marshall said that Temple is, “…hard to guard, thank goodness we made enough shots and plays to win the game.”
A lot of plays were made from the foul line. Temple had 29 team fouls to Wichita’s 18. The Shockers had 28 made free throws, while the Owls only got to the foul line 21 times. The 11 extra fouls Temple gave Wichita State an advantage on the line. Which ultimately resulted in Temple not being able to get on a stop on the Shockers.
Although the Amway Center is a neutral location, the arena felt like a home game for Wichita State. The fans were overwhelming crowded with Shocker fans, and there was hardly any cherry in the sea of black and yellow. However, Temple claims it did not bother but fueled them. “It felt like we were back at Wichita at first,” said Quinton Rose. “We kind of just thrive from that, knowing it’s your guys against everybody else,” said Brown.
While the Owls hopes of making it to the big dance are over, their postseason isn’t necessarily over. They are still a prominent candidate for the NIT Tournament, however, they will have to await their fate on Selection Sunday.
Temple is currently 17-15 overall. This matchup also served as their first neutral site loss this season. They were previously 5-0.
Same song, different team. After barely knocking off Tulane, Temple finds themselves in a similar matchup in the second round of the AAC Tournament. Although the Shockers have a far better record than Tulane, their record against the Owls is the same. Two close games that came down to the wire. The winner of the series will be determined after AAC tournament play.
The first time these two teams met in contest, the Owls welcomed #16 Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference with an 81-79 upset in overtime. Temple had five Owls score in double figures, Quinton Rose led all with 19 points. Even though the Shockers had four players of their own in double-figures, including Shaquille Morris and Austin Reaves, who both had 20 or more points, the Owls were still able to pull off the upset. Temple once again found themselves shooting under 70% from the free throw line, but Obi Enechionyia made two big free throws in the final seconds of the game to secure the two-point victory.
The next battle would have a different outcome for the Owls. Enechionyia led the Owls with 17 points, along with four other Temple players to score double-digits. Temple shot just under 50% from the field, and 55% from behind the arc, making 16 three-pointers- a season record. Temple made twice as many three point shots as the Shockers, 11 of which came in the first half. Hence, the 14 point Temple lead going into halftime. Wichita State was led by Morris’s 16 second-half points where the Shocker outscored the Owls 51-30 to come back and win 93-86.
Each team won a tight a game on their respective floor. The two teams will face off for the third time this season at 7 pm on March, 9th. The action will be on ESPNU. The winner will advance to take on the winner of Houston vs. UCF in the semi-finals of the AAC Tournament.
Basketball may be in the postseason, but Temple basketball kept it close just like they did during the regular season.
In the first round of the AAC Tournament, the Owls barely topped Tulane 82-77.
Temple played catch-up for the majority of the first half. The Green Wave started to play with a 10-1 run, leaving the Owls with one field goal up until the first media timeout. Temple, a team that averages 8.2 three-pointers per game, was shooting just 14% from behind the arc with just seven minutes remaining in the first half. That 1-7 from three quickly adjusted to 5-12 (42%). That surge in three-point shooting and uncharacteristically good shooting from the free throw line10-13 (76%) in the first half gave Temple the momentum they needed going into halftime. The Owls have averaged only 68% from the foul line all season.
Similar to the Owls previous victory over Tulane, Temple was aided by a strong second half shooting attempt. In their 83-76 win, they shot 55% from the field and 62% from the three. In their 82-77 win, Temple shot 52% from the field and 66% from behind the arc in the second half. The three ball proved once again to be the difference. The Owls 11 made three-pointers sealed the deal. Five of which came from senior, Obi Enechionyia. The big man led all Owls with 19 points while shooting 5-7 from three.
Despite a strong shooting percentage from three-point range, the game still came down to the wire. The Owls, who had a lead as great as 13 points, found themselves up by only one with less than 30 seconds to play. Tulane was then forced to foul Shizz Alston, Temple’s leading free throw shooter, who averages 94% from the line. After making both of his foul shots, Brown followed up with a pair of free throws to secure a win for the Owls.
The Temple upperclassmen led the way for the Owls in the first round of the tournament. Enechionyia led all with 19 and grabbed 3 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Brown added 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Shizz Alston contributed 17 points and 8 assists with only one turnover.
Temple will advance to the second round of the AAC Tournament where they will take on Wichita State. The Owls split their regular season series with The Shockers. Tipoff is set for 7 pm on ESPNU.
It’s officially March and that means postseason basketball. The American conference will be starting their tournament on Thursday, March, 8th, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Temple is set to take on Tulane in the first round of the bracket at 7 pm. If the Owls were to beat Tulane, they would advance to play Wichita State in the second round. The Green Wave has one win over the Owls and the Owls have one win as well. The first round of the AAC Tournament will determine which team wins their conference series.
Despite Temple scoring more than 70 points and having three Owls score in double-figures, they could not stop Tulane in their first contest of the season. Melvin Frazier and Cameron Reynolds proved to be a force for the Owls. Frazier put up 25 points and dished out 7 assists, while Reynolds was unstoppable on the boards with 10 rebounds and 17 points to match. The Green Wave went back to New Orleans with an 85-75 win over the Owls at the Liacouras Center.
The next time these two teams met, the high score was similar, but the outcome was in Temple’s favor. Nate Pierre-Louis provided a burst of energy for the Owls, leading all Temple scorers with 18 points. Ernest Aflakpui grabbed 10 rebounds as well, having nearly a third of Temple’s 35 rebounds. Reynold and Frazier still gave the Owls trouble, but a second-half shooting effort of 55% from the field for Temple was enough to steal a win. Temple came out on top 83-76.
The Owls are coming into this third matchup at the 7 seed and Tulane at the 10. Even though the Owls are on a two-game losing streak, they are still running with some momentum from a five-game winning streak that took place just before their last stretch of the season.