Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Update (Jan. 8, 5:30 PM): Temple officially announced Devin Coleman‘s addition to the roster.
According to the announcement, Coleman will sit out the remainder of the 2013-14 season and have 1.5 years of eligibility beginning after Temple’s 2014 fall semester ends.
Original article (Jan. 8, 8:30 AM): Philadelphia native and former Clemson guard Devin Coleman will transfer to Temple University, multiple sources told CoBL.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound combo guard was in the middle of his redshirt sophomore season at the Atlantic Coast Conference institution, where he was averaging 5.4 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 10 games. The redshirt sophomore, who missed the 2012-13 season with a torn Achilles tendon, graduated from Friends’ Central back in 2011, where he played under current Penn assistant Jason Polykoff.
Temple only graduates one senior after this season, Dalton Pepper, and with just a 6-foot-8 forward in Obi Enechionyia currently signed in the recruiting class, Coleman will add some much-needed depth to the Owls’ backcourt rotation. He’ll join current junior Will Cummings and freshman Josh Brown as the main ballhandlers on the team, with Quenton DeCosey out on the wing.
Coleman will be eligible to play for Fran Dunphy after the first semester of the 2014-15 season at the latest, though he could apply for a waiver that could have him eligible for his entire junior season. He would join Jaylen Bond (Texas), currently sitting out this season as a transfer year, as well as potentially former Massachusetts guard Jesse Morgan, who’s practicing with the team and is hoping to complete his undergraduate degree this spring before earning one final season of eligibility next year.
It’s some welcome good news for a program that’s been desperate for some over the last few weeks and months, with far more recruiting misses than hits lately as well as injuries to forward Daniel Dingle and Mark Williams that have the team with currently just eight healthy bodies on the roster.
CoBL will have more on this story shortly