Top 100 prospect Enechionyia signs with Temple

Top 100 prospect Enechionyia signs with Temple
November 13, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Obi Enechionyia averaged 19.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and four blocked shots in his junior season at St. James School in Maryland. (USA Today Images)

Fran Dunphy has faced his share of criticism when it comes to recruiting.

But on Wednesday, he landed the biggest recruit of his Temple tenure: Obi Enechionyia.

A 6-foot-8 power forward from St. James School in Maryland, Enechionyia is a consensus top 100 prospect coming out of high school and Dunphy's first top-100 recruit.

He gave his verbal commitment to Temple back in September but signed his official letter of intent on Wednesday, turning down other reported offers from Indiana, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, Xavier and UMass.

"We are very excited to have Obi Enechionyia become a part of our Temple program," Dunphy said in a statement. "He is a tremendous young man, who comes from a great family. We expect him to be a significant contributor next season and beyond."

Enechionyia averaged 19.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and four blocked shots in his junior season at St. James.

When Dunphy talks about him being a "significant contributor next season and beyond," Enechionyia will join a Temple team next year (2014-15) that will lose only one senior from this year's roster, Dalton Pepper.

Otherwise, Temple will be expected to return nine other players -- seven of whom are currently in the rotation -- in addition to Enechionyia and Texas transfer Jaylen Bond, who is sitting out this season. The status of UMass transfer Jesse Morgan, who is also in residence and practicing with the team, is in question, as he attempts to extend his basketball career and successfully petition the NCAA for another year of eligibility.

Worth noting, Enechionyia is so far the only member of Temple's 2014 recruiting class.

Two other players offered by Temple, Dominique Uhl from New Jersey and Jackson Forbes from Texas, recently committed to Iowa and Princeton, respectively.

The 1-1 Owls travel to Maryland Thursday night to take on Towson.