Plymouth Whitemarsh's Jaylen Bond transferring to Temple

Plymouth Whitemarsh's Jaylen Bond transferring to Temple
May 17, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Plymouth Whitemarsh product and former Texas Longhorn Jaylen Bond is transferring to Temple.

Bond tweeted the news himself on Friday afternoon.

The 6-foot-7 forward was recruited by Temple out of high school, but originally committed to Pittsburgh. After decommitting, Bond re-opened his recruitment and eventually headed to Texas.

He averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior at PW. His 1,608 career points, many of which were scored beside former Saint Joseph's Hawk C.J. Aiken, are the second most in program history.

Bond spent two seasons at Texas, but failed to become a large part of head coach Rick Barnes' rotation, playing only 11 minutes per game as a freshman and 15 per game as a sophomore. He averaged 3.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. His best performance came at No. 18 Kansas State on Jan. 30 when he scored 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 21 minutes. In two seasons, he's shot better than 50 percent from the field.

Once Bond was granted his release by Texas in March, he first visited with the Owls before taking a trip to State College, Pa., to see Pat Chambers' program at Penn State.

His transfer will bolster a Temple roster dealing with the loss of five seniors from last year's team -- including forwards Scootie Randall, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Jake O'Brien -- and a young frontcourt, consisting of junior Anthony Lee, sophomores Dan Dingle and Devontae Watson -- both of whom saw very little run in their first year -- and incoming freshman Mark Williams.

It's unclear, however, how soon Bond will be able to make his impact, based on whether or not he is deemed eligible for a waiver that would allow him to play right away.

If Bond is not granted a waiver, he will have to sit the 2013-14 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

In either case, Bond will have two years eligibility remaining.

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