Temple's Josh Brown appears ready to return soon

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Temple's Josh Brown is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury he suffered in May.

Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy wasn't ready to commit, but he conceded it's possible that senior point guard Josh Brown could make his season debut in Wednesday's 7 p.m. Big Five game at St. Joseph's.

Brown underwent Achilles tendon surgery on May 25 after suffering the injury while working out. Last month during the American Athletic Conference media day in Philadelphia, Brown indicated a desire to play this season.

When asked on Tuesday if Brown is getting closer to returning, Dunphy replied, "He sure is. He has had some good conversations with the doctors."

Dunphy has maintained that the decision will be Brown's in consultation with the doctors.

When asked if Brown could play against St. Joseph's, Dunphy said, "He is meeting with the doctors and it depends on what they say."

Brown would offer depth to a Temple team that has been primarily using seven players.

The Owls (4-2) are coming off a giant-slaying holiday weekend when they beat two ranked teams to win the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

On Thanksgiving Temple defeated then No. 25 Florida State, 89-86. The next day the Owls defeated then No. 19 West Virginia, 81-77.

Dunphy gave the team off on Saturday and he expects the Owls to only be looking ahead and not back at their memorable two-games.

"We dismissed it," he said. "Whatever transpired in Brooklyn is over and we need to play our best basketball against St. Joe and Penn."

He was referring to Saturday's game when the Owls host Penn in another Big Five matchup.

St. Joseph's (3-2)  is without high-flying junior forward James Demery, sidelined with a stress fracture. The Hawks have been idle since losing to N.C. State, 73-63 during a consolation game in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Nov. 21. St. Jospeh's finished fifth in that tournament.

The Hawks backcourt of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble combine to average more than 36 points per game.

"Their guard play has been outstanding," Dunphy said.

Temple's leading scorer is 6-foot-10 junior Obi Enechionyia, who is averaging 20.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots.

Owls guard Shizz Alston leads the American Athletic Conference with a 7.8 assist to turnover ratio.

Temple is looking for revenge after losing 66-65 at home in overtime last year to the Hawks.

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