Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Temple redshirt junior Anthony Lee has graduated from the university and will transfer for his final year of eligibility.
The Columbia, Md. native posted the following status on his Facebook this morning (sic):
“Temple University thanks for the 4 years. Proud to graduate at the end of the semester and take a new step in my life to reach my goal, purpose, and destiny. Excited about where God is going to order my steps next. Love ya’ll.”
The news that Lee was transferring was first reported by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward/center averaged 13.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg this season, his fourth year on campus but third year of eligibility after redshirting his freshman season due to injury. The two-year starter at center had averaged 9.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 92 career games as an Owl, blocking a little under one shot per game as well.
His transfer leaves the Owls slightly thin at center for the next season, but they will get some frontcourt help for current sophomore Devontae Watson, a still-raw 6-10 forward who averaged just 2.5 ppg and 3.7 rpg this season.
Jaylen Bond, a 6-7 power forward from Plymouth-Whitemarsh, transferred after two years at Texas and will become eligible for Fran Dunphy‘s squad next year. In addition, the Owls are bringing in 6-8 freshman Obi Enechionyia, a combo forward out of St. James School (Md.) and top-150 national prospect.
This season was the worst in Temple’s long basketball history, as a bump up in conferences and a number of injuries resulted in a 9-22 record, including a 4-14 mark in the first year of American Athletic Conference play. With Bond, plus transfers Jesse Morgan (Massachusetts) and Devin Coleman (Coleman) also expected to contribute, the Owls are hoping to build on that mark–but they can’t take many more defections.
Lee’s departure leaves Dunphy with two open scholarships still available for next year.
UPDATE (3:55 PM): Temple issued a statement from Dunphy:
“I met with Anthony Lee and he has expressed an intent to pursue his option to utilize the NCAA graduate student exception rule and transfer to another school. Anthony has been a fine member of the Temple basketball family over his four years here and we will support any decision he feels are in his and his family’s best interests. We wish him well in the future.”
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