Friday, December 26, 2014

Ochefu would elevate Owls national profile

Daniel Ochefu will most likely announce his college plans in a couple of weeks.

Ochefu would elevate Owls national profile

Daniel Ochefu will most likely announce his college plans in a couple of weeks.

As we now know, the 6-foot-10, 235-pound junior center at Westtown School has pared his list down to scholarship offers from Temple, Villanova, Georgetown and Texas.

Assuming he picks Temple, that could eventually elevate the Owls to a Top 10 national program.

In fact, luring Ochefu might be bigger for Fran Dunphy’s coaching career at Temple than what luring Jerome Allen to Penn did for his career with the Quakers. In the post player, Dunphy could get the nation’s 20th-best college prospect in the Class of 2012, according to ESPN.

“He would be the most prized recruit in the Fran Dunphy era,” said Norm Eavenson, a recruiting analyst for Bob Gibbons All Star Sports. “Big men in basketball are gold nuggets. Skilled big men are priceless.

“Ochefu would definitely be the kind of recruit that could maintain and even elevate Temple’s national ranking.”

In addition to being a solid shooter, he is a good ball handler for someone his size. Ochefu also has a high basketball IQ and is a solid rebounder and shot blocker. The mutliskilled player averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots per game this season.

 “He is a prized recruit because there are so few true post players available every year,” Eavenson said. “Offensively, he can either face the basket or play with his back to the basket.  …  He still has not reached his full potential since he could be even more dominant than he is.”

Owls to play final road game:  It’s hard to believe that Temple’s regular season is coming to a close.

But the Owls will play their last road game Wednesday night against Massachusetts in an Atlantic Ten matchup in Amherst, Mass.

Temple (22-6, 12-2 A-10) has won four of the last six series meetings with UMass (15-12, 7-7).

 

Probable starters

Temple

24 Lavoy Allen F 6-9 Sr. 11.2 ppg. 7.8 rpg. 1.7 bpg.

32 Rahlir Jefferson F 6-6 So. 5.7 ppg. 5.2 rpg. .568 fg%

22 Aaron Brown G 6-5 Fr. 2.3 ppg. 0.9 rpg 7.5 mpg.

23 Ramone Moore G 6-4 Jr.. 15.0 ppg. 4.3 rpg. 3.2 apg.

4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Jr. 10.0 ppg. 3.0 rpg. 3.8 apg.

UMass

2 Terrell Vinson F 6-7 So. 6.7 ppg. 4.1 0.7apg

10 Javorn Farrell F 6-5 So. 8.4 ppg. 4.0  rpg. 2.2apg

23 Sean Carter C 6-9 RJr. 4.9 ppg. 6.4 rpg. 1.3bpg.

11 Gary Correia G 6-1 Sr. 4.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg. 3.2apg.

12 Anthony GurleyG  6-3 185 RSr .18.3 ppg. 4.5 rpg. 1.6apg.

 -- Keith Pompey

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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