Dalton Pepper, a former Pennsbury High School standout, is transferring from West Virginia. The sophomore guard is expected to end up at Temple. @Pennsburyhoops even tweeted late Monday night "Dalton Pepper is definitely transferring from WVU to Temple."
In text messages to the Courier Times and CSNPhilly.com, Pepper stated he's transferring to be closer to his father Jack, who is ill.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder averaged just 3.9 points and 12.4 minutes of action last season for the Mountaineers. Pepper, however, finished with 10 points against Clemson in the NCAA tournament. Pepper was expected to receive considerable playing time next season at West Virginia.
However, his decision to leave doesn’t come as a surprise. There have been rumors about his desire to transfer since the end of his freshman season.
According to NCAA rules, Pepper will have to sit out next season before having two seasons of eligibility with the Owls. He will, however, be allowed to practice with Temple next season.
While a senior at Pennsbury, he was the Associated Press’ Pennsylvania Class AAAA boys’ basketball player of the year and a first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection by The Inquirer.
A four-year starter as a Falcon, he averaged 24.4 points during his senior season. He finished his high school career with 2,207 career points and grabbed nearly 1,000 rebounds while leading Pennsbury to a 104-20 record during tenure.
Pepper and Temple sophomore guard Khalif Wyatt had thrilling battles in high school when Wyatt played at Norristown.
Perhaps, celebrating the news that his friend would join him at Temple, Wyatt tweeted "DALTON PEPPER DALTON PEPPER DALTON PEPPER DALTON PEPPER DALTON PEPPER DALTON PEPPER DALTON PEPPER DALTON PEPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol" shortly after 12 a.m. Tuesday.
- Keith Pompey