With two seniors in their perimeter rotation for the 2015-16 season, Temple had some areas to target recruiting-wise in the Class of 2016. Having already received a verbal pledge from one guard in Quinton Rose, Temple landed its second commitment Sunday afternoon in the form of point guard Alani Moore. The 5-foot-10 Moore, a Washington, D.C. native who attends Friendship Collegiate Academy in Maryland, announced the news via Twitter.
Moore, rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, played for the DC Premier grassroots program this summer and also participated in the Under Armour All-American Camp. While Temple doesn’t lack for perimeter options heading into this season, they will be asking “non-traditional” options (most likely Josh Brown and Shawn Alston) to handle the responsibilities.
That approach may very well work out for Fran Dunphy and his staff, but it didn’t mask the need for a lead guard to run the show in the future. That’s where Moore’s commitment comes into play for a program looking to get back to making annual NCAA tournament appearances after missing out in each of the last two seasons. Moore’s court vision and quickness on the ball will help Temple offensively when he arrives on campus in 2016.
Temple will also lose two front court options in Jaylen Bond and Devontae Watson at the end of the 2015-16 season, so they’ll need to address this area in recruiting as well. The Owls have three scholarships available for 2016-17, so there’s definitely room to do just that.
Temple beat out Georgia Tech, Massachusetts and Seton Hall for Moore’s verbal pledge.
Alani Moore II, a Class of 2016 point guard who played well this summer for the DC Premier program, announced Saturday that he’s trimmed his list down to four schools. And in the case of three of those remaining programs, adding a point guard is a clear objective in their current recruiting cycles.
Making Moore’s list are UMass, Temple, Seton Hall and Georgia Tech, with the first three currently in a position where they need a point guard for the future.
UMass adds freshman Luwane Pipkins to the program, but with Trey Davis and Jabarie Hinds both being seniors the Minutemen are in need of an addition at the position. As for Temple, not only are the Owls somewhat shorthanded at the point (Devin Coleman and Josh Brown are among the possibilities but neither is a true point) but they’ll also lose two seniors from their backcourt rotation after the 2015-16 season in Coleman and Quenton DeCosey.
Seton Hall added Kansas State transfer Jevon Thomas to the program this spring, but with him on the sidelines the Pirates will have to find another option (Khadeen Carrington? Isaiah Whitehead?) at that position this coming season. Of the four schools on Moore’s list Georgia Tech has the most options at the point in the future, with Corey Heyward being a redshirt junior and both Josh Heath and Travis Jorgensen being redshirt sophomores.
Temple added a commitment to its Class of 2015 as Argentina native Ayan Carvalho pledged to the Owls. The 6-foot-5 shooter has played for the Argentinian national team the last few years and recently played in the FIBA U17 World Championships in 2014.
Carvalho averaged 10 points and 2.3 rebounds per game during the World Championships in Dubai. He doesn’t turn 18 until September, so he’s still very young and Temple will have plenty of time to work with the talented guard. During U17 play, Carvalho shot 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range. As a double-digit scorer for the U16 team in 2013 as well, Carvalho has experience as a scorer for multiple years on the international level and that should help him adjust to the AAC and playing at Temple.
Joining Carvalho in the Temple 2015 class is forward Ernest Aflakpui, guard Levan Alston and wing Trey Lowe.