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RE: Temple’s men’s 2020-2021 basketball season
At Northern Colorado last season, Jongkuch played in a small line-up that gave up many points. As a result, his defensive rating was not good. Anxious to see how he plays with other bigs at Temple, and whether that improves his defensive rating.
 
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West Virginia transfer Thweatt is an upgrade at forward over Nick Jourdain. Such is likely to result in Jourdain having to battle it out with Kur Jongkuch for playing time at the center position.Jongkuch should win that battle, and Jourdain will be lucky to average 15 minutes per game. Maybe even less than that. Will be squeezed even more if Temple plays small ball with Thweatt or Hicks playing center.

Hicks should have a big season playing the PF position.

Even though J. Williams mostly played PG last year, and Battle plays SG, Williams departure will result in Battle taking over the 30 plus minutes Williams played.

Will be interesting to see if Dunn’s playing time will be squeezed by the addition of Battle and Thweatt, and the development and growth of White.

H. Miller’s playing time at PG should increase with the departure of Williams and Strickland. Miller will only be effective offensively if he shoots far more three’s than two’s. White will likely be his back-up as he’s better defensively than Miller is in stopping opponent’s three-ball.

It will be interesting to see if Dezonie, Reynolds, Roberts, or Okpomo, earn much playing time.
 
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Will Jungkush be better defensively than departed Tolbert and Forrester? We’ll see.
 
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ForcTemple can have a good season so much rides on the shoulders of transfer Tia Thweatt having a good season. I say this because Temple will get good offensive production from K.Battle and Hicks, but needs a third play to step-up to the plate and do well.

To do so, Thweatt needs to average 15 ppg. That may appear to be a reach as he only averaged playing 3 mpg over two seasons at West Virginia. Playing HS ball in South New Jersey, Thweatt was a terrific player who was recruited by the best college bb programs in the nation. He’stemple’s wild card. If he shoots and defends well he’ll more than make up for the players who departed.

Temple needs for Thweatt to 15 ppg and he’ll need to average 30 plus mpg and shoot at least 50 percent on two’s and 34 percent on three’s. Those stats are attainable. If he achieves such goals, Temple should have a winning season.

Temple will need for Battle, Hicks, and Thweatt to shoot well as Temple is likely to once again average 1.6 more turnovers than it’s opponents in conference play.

Temple is not going to get it done if Dunn is allowed to continue to shoot a lot as he’s a poor shooter and turns the ball over excessively turnovers. That’s why if he shows no improvement, some of his fga’s need fo go to better shooters like Battle, Hicks, and Miller, if the later will limit himself to mostly shooting three’s.

Temple likely going to get efficient scoring from either White or Jourdain.

I look Kur Jongkush to start at Center and average 26 mpg and average 8 ppg. He shoots well inside (64 percent) at Northern Colorado, but only shot once every 5-minutes of play. I since he can only score inside as he’s a very a poor foul shooter (below 5” prtcdnt). Good think is he takes few foul shots. His main liability on offense, is that he had a high turnover rate which is lethal as it undermines his goof FG percentage.
 
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I’ve suggested that J.White who played PG in HS be Hysier Miller back-up. We’ll see who Temple’s HC McKie has in mind.
 
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Don’t expect Temple to play well with Battle and Dunn starting together as Dunn doesn’t shoot well and his excessive turnovers will keep Temple from finding a consistent rhythm.

Bringing Dunn off the bench will also likely cause problems as he’ll shoot more often than he should. .

I don’t see Vanderbilt SG transfer Dezonie challenging Dunn for starting in Temple’s line-up. He’ll probably come off the bench.

With that said, Mckie would be smart starting Thweatt over Dunn. As a Miller, Battle, Thweatt, Hicks, and Jongkush line-up should be Temple’s best line-up. Don’t think Mckie will do that.

Some argue that Temple should start White over Miller. I disagree as White shoots both two’s and three’s poorly. At least Miller shoots three’s well. Should be noted that White’s length allows him to be a far better defender than Miller is.

If Hicks and Jongkush are not in starting line-up and N.Jourdain is, Temple will struggle to well. Mckie failed to upgrade Temple at the PG, SG, and Center psotipn which were Temple’s greatest needs.

However, Mckie might or may not be bailed out by Battle returning.

Same if Jourdain is played over Thweatt.

Temple will be weaker this season at the Center position as Jongkush is Temple’s only big worthy of playing Center. As Jourdain, Reynolds, and Okpomo are three sub-par front court players. .

Will be interesting to see if McKie favors veterans. Cost him dearly his first season as HC.
 
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John Rothstein’s pre-season top four AAC teams are ranked as follows:

1. Houston
2. Memphis
3. Cincinnati
4. Temple

That seems about right.
 
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With good AAC teams leaving at the end of the season for better conferences, Temple needs to do the same. AAC will no longer make sense for Temple to remain in.
 
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Temple didn't have a good front court last season, and will not be helped by signing of Reynolds who is a negative addition.

Temple's front court will only be better if Thweatt plays some good minutes in the front court, and plays with Center Kur Jongkush.

Temple having a winning record will be determined on the quality of it's starting line-up. A starting line-up that includes Miller, Battle, Thweatt, Hicks, and Jongkush would be both strong and productive. One that includes Dunn and Jourdain would be less so.

Temple will have more depth this season with J. White returning, but the remaining quality of Temple's depth remains to be seen.
 
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Even though K.Battle will give Temple a big lift in the back-court this season after missing most of last season with an injury. Temple needed to find a more efficient player than D.Dunn who did not shoot particularly well last season, and committed turnovers at an alarming rate.

Realizing that, Temple signed 6'5" SG Shane Dezonie, a 4-start transfer from Vanderbilt. Although a terrific three-point shooter, Dezonie doesn't get to the foul-line anywhere near as much as Dunn does, and unfortunately, he also turns the ball over far too often, and fouls more often than Dunn did.

As such, it's going to be hard for Temple to find a rhythm when either Dunn or Dezonie are on the court

Temple's HC Mckie has not recruited well his last three years and has seen good players transfer out. His two four star players Battle and Dezonie are transfers. Thweatt is a 3-star transfer.

And the only current 3-star recruit on the team is Hysier Miller, the rest of
The roster are two-star ranked players. Hicks surely is deserving of being a 3-star player.

Regardless of rankings, Temple does have depth but how good it's starting line-up will be remains to be seen.
 
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Thweatt getting no love on Temple's Cherry and While Message Board. As no one has him starting nor playing as much as he surly will.

Nor do posters have Miller starting as PG.
 
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