Last season, Obi Enechionyia looked like he had turned a corner after leading Temple to back-to-back wins against ranked opponents over Thanksgiving Weekend. After two years of showing a lot of potential, Obi had finally put it altogether.
Then he regressed – hard. Obi fell into a funk for the rest of the season and came crashing back down to earth, along with the rest of the team in what turned out to be a lost season. The big man initially chose to enter the NBA Draft without an agent, but as of today, he has decided to return to Temple for his senior season.
Going into last year, it really felt like Obi was going to help carry this team that lost multiple key pieces from the year before. Instead, he continued to be an above-average 3-point shooter and nothing else.
Going into this year, the talent seems to be there for the Owls. Redshirt Senior Josh Brown will be back to lead the offense, which should mean Shizz Alston won’t be relied on as much to create his own shot and carry the offense. Quinton Rose was the standout star of the team last year, and Alani Moore showed flashes as a freshman as well. If Trey Lowe (big if) can get everything right with his body after his year off following a single car accident, he could help aide a young bench, which will include four 4-star recruits coming in this year.
There’s a lot to like about next year’s Temple team, but Obi needs to finally reach his potential and be a leader from beginning to end for this squad. It’s his last shot, and he better make it count.