Thursday, November 13, 2008

1st Place - Temple Owls

Head Coach: Fran Dunphy
Record at TU: 33-31 (2)

Homecourt: Liacouras Center

2 Ryan Brooks Jr G 6-4 200
3 Martavis Kee So G 6-2 180
10 Luis Guzman Jr G 6-3 200
11 TJ DiLeo Fr G 6-2 195
15 Semaj Inge Sr G 6-4 190
22 Dionte Christmas Sr G 6-5 205
23 Ramone Moore Fr G 6-4 180
24 Lavoy Allen So F 6-9 225
30 Craig Williams So F 6-9 240
33 Scootie Randall Fr F 6-6 205
41 Sergio Olmos Sr C 7-0 220
50 Micheal Eric Fr C 6-11 225

First 5:
1- L. Guzman (Dunphy will be expecting consistent performance out of Luis this year. solid overall guard.)
2- D. Christmas (an absolute stud and potential All American. he will compete with Nivins for A10 player of the year. once he gets on a roll, watch out.)
3- R. Brooks (i look for this junior to break out and be the #2 option scoring wise behind Christmas. again another very talented wing for Dunphy and staff.)
4- L. Allen (has as much 'upside' as any big man in the A10. will develop into a dominant low post presence for the Owls this season.)
5- S. Olmos (a 'project' who has actually developed. he will be in a battle to keep the talented frosh Eric out of the starting lineup.)

Second 5-
1- TJ DiLeo (freshman was the South Jersey Player of the Year last year. Father works in the front office for the 76ers.)
2- R. Moore (academic redshirt last season was the Philadelphia POY his senior season. he will serve as Christmas' apprentice this season.)
3- S. Inge (this senior has shown flashes up to this point in his career. his ability to play multiple positions makes him an ideal 6th man for this team.)
4- S. Randall (another very talented Philly schoolboy. he scored over 1700 points for his high school team.)
5- M. Eric (another academic redshirt from last season. if he is as good as advertised this Temple team may make alot of noise come March.)

Fran Dunphy is a very talented coach. With the talent he has on hand I look for them to continue to improve. Not that winning the A10 tournament last year wasn't significant improvement already. Christmas can hurt you in so many ways and you add Eric to go on the front line with Lavoy Allen and the Owls have plenty of options. I pick them over X because of the experience in the backcourt and the talent they have added.

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