Former Boston University basketball standout Jake O’Brien is transferring to Temple.
The 6-foot-9 forward has one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play right away. He will be a graduate student at Temple this fall. He chose the Owls over Boston College, Providence and Virginia.
"I chose Temple because of the success of the program and a chance for me to come in right away to contribute and compete for [an opportunity to reach] the NCAA tournament."
O’Brien decided to transfer last month because BU was banned from postseason play in the America East Conference after announcing a move to the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season. Without participating in the American East tourney, the Terriers have little to no chance of reaching the upcoming NCAA tournament.
O'Brien was sidelined last season as a medical redshirt after undergoing his second surgery on his left foot. He originally injured his foot during the 2010-11 season.
O'Brien averaged career highs of 13.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore. He was the America East rookie of the year as a freshman.
Temple coach Fran Dunphy "is a great coach," said O'Brien, who visited Temple two weeks ago. "After meeting his staff and the players, I knew it was the right fit for me."