Category Archives: Temple

Carroll’s Aflakpui getting final looks at schools

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With just a matter of weeks remaining until his looming college choice, Archbishop Carroll senior forward Ernest Aflakpui is taking a close look at each school that’s in his final grouping. Big 5 Temple and Saint Joseph’s … Continue reading

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‘Nova gets commitment from top 2015 target Jalen Brunson

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – After swinging and missing on a few elite prospects in recent weeks, Jay Wright and Villanova have landed potentially their top target in the 2015 class. Stevenson (Ill.) point guard Jalen Brunson, son of former Temple … Continue reading

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AAC releases conference schedule

Anthony Bellino (@Bellino_Anthony) – The American Athletic Conference rolled out their conference schedule on Thursday, despite being in just its second year, the conference has already undergone some major changes from the top down. Gone is Rick Pitino and national … Continue reading

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Temple adds McKie as assistant coach

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Temple’s coaching staff looks like it will get a shake-up this season, though perhaps not the one that was expected a few weeks back. Temple coach Fran Dunphy has added former Owl and Sixers guard Aaron … Continue reading

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Big 5 stocking up with area talent in 2015

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When Trey Lowe committed to Temple on Thursday night, he only became the latest in a trend this year that’s nothing but good for hoops in the City of Brotherly Love. Lowe–a Ewing, N.J. native–is already … Continue reading

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Ewing’s Trey Lowe commits to Temple

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – For Ewing shooting guard Trey Lowe, the biggest decision of his life was supposed to wait for a few months to help weigh his options. The picture became clearer faster than that and, two weeks after the … Continue reading

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Big man Nwankwo considering Temple in final six

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – As 2015 big man Jonathan Nwankwo narrows his list of schools heading into his senior season, one newcomer is giving him a lot to think about as he prepares to make his decision. Temple has shown … Continue reading

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Delco Pro-Am: Semifinal Recap

Varun Kumar (@VRKumar8) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Delco Pro-Am’s top four teams took to the main court at Haverford College on Thursday night in the league’s penultimate night of the season. The semifinals were filled with plenty of professional basketball … Continue reading

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Temple releases 2014-15 non-conference schedule

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Though a few high-profile opponents were known a few weeks ago, Temple finalized its non-conference schedule on Friday. As expected, Big 5 play and several NCAA tournament mainstays dominate the slate, with a few solid mid-major … Continue reading

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Updated CoBL D-I Recruiting Needs: Part 2

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: This piece originally ran May 21. We’ve updated it to include recent commitments with the July live periods just days away) With the recruiting for 2014 over and done with, Division I programs across … Continue reading

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Temple Team Camp: Team Notebook (Day 1)

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) & Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – Temple kicked off its two-day team camp on Friday with plenty of talent showcased in just a few hours of game time. Temple coaches and plenty of smaller colleges got a good … Continue reading

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Report: Temple to hire Rick Brunson as assistant

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Per a report, Temple will hire former Owl Rick Brunson as an assistant coach. The move had been rumored throughout the summer and Temple even posted an opening for the position on HoopDirt just yesterday. Brunson played under John … Continue reading

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Podcast of Basketball Love: Episode 34

The Podcast of Basketball Love returns this week with a bit of a different feel, as Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) is alone behind the microphone. He brings along three guests to join him, starting with Matt Walsh. The former Germantown Academy … Continue reading

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Local schools have busy first day with 2016 recruits

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Sunday marked the first time that Division I coaches could directly contact players in the class of 2016. And no other team took advantage of talking with local talent once midnight struck than the La Salle … Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament: Semifinal Preview

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob), Tyler DeGiacomo (@DJock10) Patrick Paul (@P_Paul20) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – After 24 games and over 36 hours at Philadelphia University’s Gallagher Center, The Basketball Tournament is down to its final four teams who have a chance … Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament Liveblog: Day 2

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin), Tyler DeGiacomo (@DJock10), Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) & Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – After a successful first day of The Basketball Tournament, we’re back at Philadelphia University for the second round and quarterfinals off this talent-filled, $500,000 event. Plenty … Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament impresses on inaugural day

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When most of the players taking part in The Basketball Tournament first found out about the event, there was a fairly common reaction. A brand-new, high-level basketball tournament featuring a $500,000, winner-take-all first prize…with no entry … Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament: Day 1 Liveblog

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin), Tyler DeGiacomo (@DJock10) & Madison Elliott (@M_Elliott95) – It’s Day One of the $500k, winner-take-all The Basketball Tournament, which has top players from all around the country coming to play at Philly U over the span of the … Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament Preview (Part 2)

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – This weekend is The Basketball Tournament, the $500k, winner-take-all, 32-team basketball tournament that’s chock full of recognizable names, from former college stars to current NBA and professional players in leagues around the globe. Things get started … Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament Preview (Part 1)

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – This weekend is The Basketball Tournament, the $500k, winner-take-all, 32-team basketball tournament that’s chock full of recognizable names, from former college stars to current NBA and professional players in leagues around the globe. Things get started … Continue reading

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Former Temple, Penn assistant Dan Leibovitz named AAC associate commissioner

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The American Athletic has brought on board Temple and Penn assistant coach Dan Leibovitz as its new associate commissioner of men’s basketball. The second-year conference announced the hiring in a press release on Thursday, saying that … Continue reading

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CoBL Division I 2015 recruiting needs (Pt. 2)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With the vast majority of recruiting for 2014 over and done with, Division I programs across the country are starting to look at their 2015 recruiting classes. And many of them are keeping a close eye … Continue reading

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Tough schedule will help Temple in more than one way

Lee Kunkel (@kunkel5) – The Temple Owls men’s basketball program is coming off their worst season not just in the Fran Dunphy era but the school’s entire 118-year history, going just 9-22 overall, 4-14 in their first season in the … Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament sets field of 32

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Basketball Tournament–the $500k, winner-take-all, anyone-can-enter tournament coming to Philadelphia this summer–has set its field of 32 teams. After months of online voting, the top 24 squads in terms of their social media support all made … Continue reading

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2013-14 CoBL Division I Awards

What. A. Season. Of the 10 teams that make up CoBL’s primary Division I coverage (Delaware, Drexel, La Salle, Lafayette, Lehigh, Penn, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova), two won their league tournament titles. A third set the school … Continue reading

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