Pepper is officially an Owl

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Swingman Dalton Pepper officially signed papers to complete his transfer from West Virginia to Temple. (Jeff Gentner/AP file photo)

 Dalton Pepper is officially a Temple Owl.

The Pennsbury High product, who transferred from West Virginia, has signed his scholarship papers to Temple.

"Dalton is a fine young man from a wonderful family," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "He is a tremendous addition to our basketball program. And we look forward to great things from him during his Temple career."

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound swingman 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 didn’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.

-- Keith Pompey

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