Coming off of a loss to LaSalle, the Temple Owls are just 5-11. I predicted their struggles before the season began, and it seems as though my initial thoughts about this team will end up being correct. Although this team doesn’t lack talent, Fran Dunphy has not been able to put together many wins up to this point in the season, and it surely doesn’t get any easier.
Dalton Pepper, who is having a surprising, breakout season, leading the team in scoring, will graduate after this season, leaving Temple with a few questions. First, will athletic forward Anthony Lee declare for the NBA Draft? Second, who will assume the role of primary scorer next season? If Lee stays, will he become a primary option on offense? Will a guy like Quentin DeCosey take the full reigns?
With Dunphy’s next recruiting class, it seems as though those on the current roster will have to step up their game and produce. In other words, there don’t seem to be any game-changers.
Josh Brown is a three-star shooting guard out of Irvington, New Jersey. The 6-foot-3 guard is rated as the No. 35 shooting guard in next year’s class by ESPN.
Mark Williams is a three-star power forward from Cleveland, Ohio. The 6-foot-8 big man is rated as the No. 52 power forward prospect by ESPN.
Finally, Kyle Green is a one-star small forward from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
See what I mean? That won’t get it done in the AAC, especially if you’re a program that needs to turn it around, and turn it around quickly. If Dunphy makes it to next season as head coach, next year can potentially be his last if he doesn’t show any progress. I’d put his name at the top of coaches on the hot seat in the AAC.