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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

July 11th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

Temple Owls

Overall Rank: #124

Conference Rank: #8 Atlantic 10

 

2005-06: 17-15, 8-8, 7th (t)

2005-06 postseason: NIT

 

Newly appointed head coach Fran Dunphy will try to replace a legend in John Chaney at Temple.  Dunphy has had plenty of success at Penn and he has some players to make a run in the Atlantic 10.  There are some major issues, especially at the point.  Chris Clark, who averaged just 4.9 minutes in 18 appearances, is penciled in at point guard and his inexperience is a cause for a concern.

 

Who’s Out: Mardy Collins is the big loss.  The 6-6 guard averaged 16.8 points, 4.0 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as a senior.  Not bad numbers and he was rewarded by going in the first round of the NBA draft.  Meanwhile, Anywane Robinson, the teams second leading scorer last season, and Nehemiah Ingram leave a gap in the frontcourt.

 

Who’s In: The Owls recruiting class was hampered by the coaching change.  Yet they did get what they needed in Luis Guzman.  The 6-2 point guard is a solid ballhandler and a great drive and dish guy.  Normally he wouldn’t be starting right away at a program like Temple, but he’ll get a chance this year.  Ryan Brooks, a 6-4 guard, is a hardworker with a nice stroke.  Under the new regime, he’ll get the chance to contribute.

 

Who to Watch: There is some negativity running throughout Philly, since the Owls haven’t made it to the NCAAs since 2001.  There are three starters returning this year and things won’t be as bad as many expect.  Mark Tyndale scored 10.9 points per game and tacked on a team high 5.1 boards.  Dustin Salisbery is a threat from outside and, if he can find some more consistency, will be a surprise player for Temple.  Wayne Marshall is a beast under the basket.  He won’t put up big numbers, but he’ll do some of the dirty work in the paint.  Those three guys will need to use their experience and hold the team together.

 

Final Projection: Temple won’t dominate anybody in the A-10, but a trip to the NIT isn’t out of the realm of possibility.  If postseason dreams come to fruition, it will be because Clark or Guzman developed into a serviceable point guard.  Guard Dionte Christmas showed some promise as a freshman, as did big man Sergio Olmos and both are expected to play bigger roles as sophomores.  Senior forward Dion Dacons isn’t much of a scorer, but he can grab some boards.  After predominately coming off the bench, Dacons will be counted on to start at the four.  In the end, it will be another year at Temple without a trip to the NCAAs. 

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: none

 

Projected Starting Five:

Chris Clark, Junior, Guard, 1.2 points per game

Dustin Salisbery, Senior, Guard, 9.7 points per game

Mark Tyndale, Junior, Guard, 10.9 points per game

Dion Dacons, Senior, Forward, 1.2 points per game

Wayne Marshall, Senior, Center, 7.2 points per game

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