Having already landed two perimeter players capable of helping his program immediately when they arrive on campus next season, Temple head coach Fran Dunphy reeled in a third commitment in the Class of 2015 Sunday afternoon.
6-foot-9 power forward/center Ernest Aflakpui, who attends Archbishop Carroll HS in Radnor, Pennsylvania, verbally committed to the Temple program according to Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love. Aflakpui joins guards Trey Lowe and Levan Alston Jr. in Temple’s 2015 class, and that trio is of high importance for a program looking to rebound from the worst season in school history.
Temple beat out Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island and VCU for Aflakpui’s commitment.
Aflakpui played for the We R1 grassroots program during the spring/summer, averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest in Under Armour Association play. Among Aflakpui’s teammates this summer were 2015 four-star small forward Derrick Jones (who also attends Archbishop Carroll) and 2016 four-star center Sedee Keita.
Aflakpui’s commitment gives Temple a boost to both its size and depth in the front court, with players such as Texas transfer Jaylen Bond, sophomores Daniel Dingle and Mark Williams, and freshman Obi Enechionyia among the forwards on the current roster who will have eligibility remaining when the Owls’ latest commitment arrives on campus next summer.