College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.
Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.
Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.
Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.
Coach: Fran Dunphy (6 seasons at Temple 134-65) Overall 444-228, 21 years
2011-12: Record 24-8 overall, 13-3 in Atlantic 10 (1st)
Starters Returning (2) Khalif Wyatt, Rahlir Hollis Jefferson
Preseason Tournament: None
Top Non-Conference Games: at Villanova, vs. Duke, vs. Syracuse, at Kansas
Transfer Out : Aaron Brown (Southern Miss)
Transfer IN: Jake O’ Brien (Boston –eligible right away)
Sat Out: Dalton Pepper (West Virginia)
This will be last season for Temple in the Atlantic 10 as they will move to the Big East next season. Fran Dunphy has built the Owls in a consistent winning program. The Owls have winning 20 games plus in 5 straight seasons. They have also won three A-10 championships in the last 4 years. The bad news for this season Temple loses 2 out of their top 3 scorers. However, Dunphy has shown they don’t rebuild at Temple they reload.
Leading the Owls will be shooting guard Khalif Wyatt (17.1 ppg). He is the returning leading scorer in the A-10. Wyatt does a little bit of everything for the Owls; he can score in a variety of ways. He is also a great defender he averaged over 2 steals per game last season. Running the point will be T.J. DiLeo(2.9 ppg). DiLeo is more of a passer and defender than a scorer. Will Cummings (1.4 ppg) will be a solid backup point guard. Backing up at shooting guard will be West Virginia transfer Dalton Pepper, who is a very good shooter. Freshman Quenton DeCosey will also provide depth.
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (9.3 ppg) will lead the Owls in the frontcourt. He should have a breakout season, look for him to score a lot more points this season. Jefferson brings a ton of athleticism to the Owls. Joining Jefferson in the frontcourt is center Anthony Lee (5 ppg). Lee was very productive in limited minutes last season, look for him to double those numbers from last year. The top option off the bench will be Boston transfer Jake O’ Brien. He was a double digit scorer at BU. Providing depth here will be Jimmy McDonnell and freshman Devontae Waston. At the small forward position will be Scottie Randall, who missed last season due to injury. In 2010-11 he averaged 10.7 ppg. He is a very good shooter. Backing him up will be talented freshman Daniel Dingle.
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