Philly native Devin Coleman transfers to Temple

Philly native Devin Coleman transfers to Temple
January 8, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Devin Coleman was averaging 5.4 points and shooting 43 percent from three but playing only 11 minutes per game for Clemson this season. (USA Today Images)

Updated Jan. 9, 6 p.m.

He can't fill out a roster in need of help this season, but at least he'll be available this time next year.

Following multiple reports on Wednesday, Temple on Thursday night confirmed the transfer of Philadelphia native Devin Coleman.

Coleman, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Friends Central, announced his intent to leave Clemson in December. He was averaging 5.4 points and shooting 43 percent from three but playing only 11 minutes per game.

A redshirt sophomore, Coleman missed the 2012-13 season after tearing his Achilles tendon. Given his status as a mid-season transfer, Coleman has one 1 1/2 years of eligibility remaining and will be available to play next season after the Fall 2014 semester.

Coleman is set to become (possibly) the fourth new player and third transfer added to Fran Dunphy's team in 2014-15.

Jaylen Bond, a transfer forward from Texas, is in residence this season, and top-100 recruit and McDonald's All-American nominee Obi Enechionya will be a freshman.

The wild card is former UMass transfer Jesse Morgan. Morgan had an NCAA appeal to play in 2013-14 denied to him over the summer, because he ceased progressing towards graduation when he was expelled from UMass. It's possible that Morgan, who currently practices with the Owls, will petition once again to receive one more full year of eligibility.

Should all four be on the roster next year, Temple will have 12 scholarship players in 2014-15, only losing Dalton Pepper as a senior.

Either way, it's a marked departure from where the Owls are right now. Assuming freshman forward Mark Williams (ankle) can't play, they'll host USF on Thursday with only seven healthy players on scholarship.