If I told youwas going to have a lot of talent to work with, I’d be lying to you. If I told you the biggest story of Temple’s recruiting wasn’t 5-star recruit Rysheed Jordan, a 6’4″ point guard from , committing to St. John’s over Temple, I’d be lying to you. If I told you that this class has enough talent to make up for the absence of Jordan, I’d be lying to you. If I told you this year’s Temple team isn’t in great need for a superstar, I’d be lying to you.
But Fran Dunphy has taken many players that are lightly-recruited and made them valuable players for what is now a perennial tournament team. And just like every other class has seemed disappointing, Temple fans should know that certainly not this year, and maybe not next year, but at some point, these three players will make a big contribution.
Josh Brown – 6’3″ PG/SG
Josh Brown, a 6’3″ combo guard from Irvingtown, NJ, looks like the best player in the class. The lefty has a great basketball build: muscular yet quick. He is great with both hands, can get to the rack with ease, and shows potential to become a solid passer. Although Brown played wing all throughout high school, he is going to be undersized at the collegiate level. He needs to improve his shot if he wants to stay playing the 2. If he wants to play the 1, his ball handling skills will need the most work. Bottom line, Josh Brown looks like he is going to be a big part of Temple’s future, regardless of what position he plays.
Mark Williams – 6’8″ PF
Mark Willaims, a product of, is a big pick up for Temple. A great rebounder and finisher already, Williams looks poised to be a stud for an Owls team that lacks size. He can score from the low post and from mid-range jump shots. He is a solid athlete and defender. If Mark wants to become a better scorer in the post, he needs to become stronger and add more muscle to his 230 pound frame. Williams has become better at protecting the paint, too. His shot blocking has steadily improved throughout his high school career. Mark Williams is a name to remember, Temple fans.
Kyle Green- 6’4″ SG
Although it does not seem that Kyle Green, a guard from, will ever become a key player on the court for Temple, he will make a huge contribution in the locker room. Although not the most skilled, Green has a very high motor, and has great character. He works extremely hard defensively, and his the type of player that will always dive for loose balls. Green needs to get stronger and needs to improve almost every area of his game. However, Green will be a leader and help motivate his teammates in practice, in the huddle, and if he works hard enough, on the court.