There are two freshmen who will have to emerge early for the Temple Owls in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
Those two players are Josh Brown and Mark Williams. Both are three-star recruits.
Since Khalif Wyatt will no longer be on the team, Brown will have to make up for that loss. Brown will likely not put up 20 points per game or anything like that, but he could still be a reliable scorer and a much needed replacement in the backcourt.
Williams will have to make an instant impact in the frontcourt, as he stands at 6’8”.
This team will look much different in the upcoming season and the loss of Wyatt will be almost impossible to completely replace, but at least there are some freshmen coming in that can eventually be the stars of this program–hopefully.
Temple was a tournament team last year and finished with a record of 24-10. The Owls almost knocked off the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers in the NCAA tournament, but that was not the case.
It will be interesting to see how the incoming freshmen will transition into college hoops and how the team does without its best player, but there will be many story lines entering the season regardless.
If Brown and Williams can have an instant impact, the Owls could be a surprise team in the AAC. It’s always tough when the defending national champs are in your conference and when there will be three teams that can compete for a national title.
Hopefully the freshmen will learn quickly and hopefully Temple will be good enough to compete in the conference.