Saturday, March 29, 2014

TUMBB Offseason News & Notes

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 (9;49 p.m.): 2015 Imhotep (Pa.) guard Sean Lloyd announced that he'll make his college decision at some point in November, per his Twitter. The junior guard out of Philadelphia has racked up offers from the likes of Saint Joseph's, Penn State, Drexel and Delaware with interest coming from Miami (FL), Syracuse, Old Dominion, Georgetown and La Salle. Rivals currently has Lloyd as a 3-star recruit and #118 in the Rivals150 rankings.

Here's a scouting report on Lloyd from the CityOfBasketballLove.com:
He is a very strong and athletic wing player that is always in attack mode. Lloyd already has a great body for a guard and plays with a very physical nature. When he is driving to the basket he is looking to score. He wasn’t really a great shooter prior to 2013, but he’s working on his jumper and is becoming a knockdown 3-point shooter. He also plays very aggressive on the defensive end, trying to step into passing lanes and going for steals. He looks to get out in transition and finish above the rim. Lloyd has a chance to play at a high level in college–the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, and AAC will probably monitor his play this summer.
To read more about Lloyd on CoBL, click here.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 (3:45 p.m.): Temple forward Dan Dingle has been granted a medical redshirt. Dingle, who played in Temple's first 10 games of the '13-14 season, will now have three years of eligibility remaining following arthroscopic surgery on his torn meniscus in January.

On Thursday afternoon, Dingle spoke with the media following the big news of his medical redshirt.
“Even though I was going to compete next year as a junior, just having in my head that next year I get an extra year to play basketball and also further my education, I was very happy,” Dingle said. “I didn’t know if it was going to happen or not.”
To read the entire article from Josh Verlin of CoBL, click here.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 (12:46 p.m.): Temple has 2014 Harcum College (Pa.) forward Jordan Goodman in for a visit this weekend. Goodman, who has previously committed to Rutgers, Georgetown and Texas Tech in the pass, has spent the past three years at both prep school and JUCO.

Back in August of 2011, Goodman even considered playing overseas and skipping college basketball altogether, according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com.

Jordan Goodman, a 6-foot-9 forward with prodigious talent who has decommitted from three colleges, is considering going overseas to play professionally instead of attending junior college, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.
“He and his father are seriously considering some of the offers that have been extended to them, including club teams in Spain, Belgium and France,” the source said.
“He could make a decision to go to Europe as soon as September.”
Goodman is a Washington, D.C. native who has been compared toKevin Durant but has been unable to put it all together while dealing with personal tragedies, including the death of his best friend when he was 11 and the death of his mother when he was 14.
To read the full story from ZagsBlog, click here

Friday, July 19, 2013

Jesse Morgan Is Likley Temple Bound

After announcing that he will be attending summer classes at Temple, former Massachusetts swing man Jesse Morgan will likely be wearing cherry and white for the Temple men's basketball squad, according to new Temple forward Jaylen Bond's Instagram.

"Go follow my homie @guudkid_madcity [Jesse Morgan's Instagram name] my new teammate atTemple, we bout to take the city over," Bond stated on Instagram.

If this means Morgan is officially a member of the squad, which I believe it does, he will be eligible for next season to play right away (just like Jake O'Brien did last year).

Prior to suffering a season ending knee injury in mid-January last season, Morgan averaged 13.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 36 percent from the floor.

I have mixed feelings on the pickup. Knowing that there is already somewhat of a logjam at shooting guard/small forward, minutes for Dingle and DeCosey could diminish. This team could use a veteran guy, but a gunner-type swing man isn't quite what I was looking for. If I were to grade the pickup, I'd give it a B-. I was in between giving it a C or even a B, but didn't want to lock myself into getting too hype over this.

There's some hair on the deal, which is no secret. If Dunphy can clean up his act and make his game a tad bit more efficient, this could be a great pickup for the Owls. If not, you still filled an open scholarship for the upcoming season and can give DeCosey and Dingle the minutes necessary for their development. This has potential to be a quietly solid pickup. Low risk, high reward situation. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nyeem Thrones Shows Us His Mail Via Twitter

I love social networking. Sorry, guys. It has been a while. I've been in somewhat of a depression over that Temple loss to Indiana and having trouble with the fact that the Temple football season is not very close. So, I have been torturing myself by watching the Flyers, Phillies and Sixers since I last checked in with you guys, but this post isn't all about me.

Nyeem Thrones, a 2014 cornerback from Imhotep in Philadelphia, posted a picture of his mail on Twitter. The likes of Miami (FL), Pittsburgh, Temple and Notre Dame sent him a letter or two. Does that mean he's going to turn around and get a scholarship from those schools? Absolutely not.

In reality, Thrones holds his only offer from Temple, however, he is coming back from visiting West Virginia and checking out their spring game.

Expect Thrones to collect some more offers over the next few months. Although he is only about 5'9, he is known for his lightning speed and lockdown coverage. Look out for this kid. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fran Dunphy Joins The Matchup Zone

At about the 16:40 mark during the show, Fran Dunphy joined former Monmouth basketball standout Kevin Owens and South Jersey basketball genius Michael Gould.

Here's the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thematchupzone/2013/04/01/the-matchup-zone

Listen in every Sunday night at 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Temple Football Team Walked Around In High Heels This Afternoon

The Temple football team supposedly participated in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event on Temple's campus this afternoon.

Here's how the Walk a Mike in Her Shoes website defines this event:
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® Events consistently receive enthusiastic participation and news coverage. They are an excellent opportunity to rally support in your community to raise awarness about the causes, effects and remedies for sexual assault and domestic violence. This is one example. More can be found on our video page.

At The Cherry & The White, we were fortunate enough to get a few pictures of the players and Coach Matt Rhule in their beautiful red high heels.

Flip through these babies (courtesy of Temple footballs official Twitter page [@Temple_FB]).








In all seriousness, it really is nice to see these guys give back to their community donate to this great cause. Read more about this spectacular organization right here.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Evan Rodriguez Supposedly Got Arrested Once Again

The former Owls tight end/fullback was supposedly arrested once again on Thursday, according to 6ABC.

Rodriguez appeared in 12 games for the Bears last season with four reception and 21 receiving yards. He was targeted 8 times, primarily used for blocking and at fullback.

Here's the police report (courtesy of 6ABC):
Rodriguez was riding with another man when they got into a crash around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. An officer asked Rodriguez for his identification for the crash report, and Rodriguez reportedly responded, "For what, I don't need this, I'm an NFL player. I don't need all that media stuff."
Rodriguez eventually handed over his ID but then walked away several minutes later without it. An officer told the driver to call Rodriguez and have him return to the crash scene, and Rodriguez came back.
After returning, Rodriguez approached the officer administering a roadside sobriety test to the driver, police said. Rodriguez was told several times to wait on a sidewalk.
Rodriguez reportedly said, "I'm hard-headed like that, and I don't have to listen."
Rodriguez eventually went to the sidewalk but then stepped in front of a police car and began yelling to the driver, "Hey man, you don't have to do that."
Officers told Rodriguez that he was interfering with a police investigation and would be subject to arrest. Rodriguez went back to the side, complaining that he had been knocked out in the crash, and the officers didn't do anything.
An officer reminded Rodriguez that he had refused medical attention.
Rodriguez reportedly continued to yell at officers and the driver, who stopped participating in the sobriety test to respond to Rodriguez.
Police said Rodriguez began drawing a crowd, endangering officers and passersby.
The arresting officer reported that Rodriguez had slurred speech, blood-shot, watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
An attorney for Rodriguez wasn't listed on police or jail records.
Before transferring to Temple, he spent a year at West Virginia. During that season, he was had a felony assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor disturbance and trespassing charge.

The Bears released a statement and said that they are still gathering the information. Could be bad news for 'E-Rod'.

Khalif Wyatt Gets A Lot Of Love, Cousin Bern Becomes A Philadelphia Sports Icon

During yesterdays Round of 32 matchup between Temple and Indiana, Owls senior guard Khalif Wyatt received a lot of love from a large group of people. Some famous, some not to much, but it was all extremely impressive. Wyatt received so much love that he was the #1 trend on Twitter for most of the game, which lasted roughly 120 minutes.

First, Wyatt received some love in Bill Simmons' Grantland, a well-known sports site seen nation wide. He was featured in Titus' 12 NCAA Tournament Observation. The observation can be seen below.
10. Khalif Wyatt is my favorite player in college basketball.
Well, I guess he was my favorite player in college basketball now that his career is over. Still, the point remains — if I could choose one guy who played this season and watch him go through his college career all over again, I'd pick Wyatt and there isn't a close second. Despite being — as was the case in almost every game he played this year — the least athletic player on the floor during much of his two tournament games, Wyatt scored 31 points in each game. If it wasn't for Oladipo, he would've single-handedly carried Temple to the Sweet 16. Considering that only two of Wyatt's teammates made even one field goal, Temple probably would've lost by 100 if Wyatt hadn't played hero ball all game against Indiana. It defies logic how good he is and I'm such a fan that I'm seriously considering moving to Philadelphia and doing whatever it takes to get on his church league team.
To read the entire article, click here.

Earlier today, NESN, a site covering primarily Boston sports, put out some negativity on Khalif Wyatt along with La Salle guard Tyrone Garland and Ohio State guard Aaron Craft. All of these guys have one thing in common: they lead their teams to victory. Here's the whole article: http://nesn.com/2013/03/tyrone-garland-aaron-craft-khalif-wyatt-shine-but-hold-off-on-nba-draft-talk-for-ncaa-tournament-heroes/

Wyatt also received some love from the likes of future NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, rapper Trinidad James and Brooklyn Nets star guard Joe Johnson. Plus, he got the official ESPN account to give him some love along with Jeff Borzello, a spectacular and under-appreciated CBS Sports college basketball writer.


Cousin Bern Is Awesome, Same Goes For Ty Garland
After La Salle guard Ty Garland hit the game-winning floater, TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager interviewed the Virginia Tech transfer and got a few interesting quotes. Apparently that strange and unorthodox shot Garland put up has a name, the 'Southwest Philly Floater'.

On the 5:00 NBC10 News, you'll be able to see Cousin Bern and Mama Garland where the Southwest Philly Floater was created.

Until then, here's the shot/interview (courtesy of Kyle Scott, CrossingBroad.com) [be prepared for a bad Marv Albert joke at the end]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnGr-Egq9cA&feature=player_embedded