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1. Temple coach Fran Dunphy said Thursday that Boston University transfer Jake O'Brien will be a significant contributor for the Owls after he went through an injury-riddled career with the Terriers. O’Brien exited BU once the Terriers opted to move to the Patriot League and thus weren’t allowed to participate in the America East tournament. O’Brien is on his third coach in four seasons in college. Dunphy also said West Virginia transfer Dalton Pepper has been impressive so far in workouts and will play a key role. “We’re deep,’’ said Dunphy. “As deep as we’ve been since we’ve been here.’’
2. Butler coach Brad Stevens said he hasn’t let freshman star guard Kellen Dunham off the hook for nearly breaking his streak of getting to the first day of practice without a major injury. Dunham sprained his ankle last week when he was at an open gym for students and a 10th was needed for a five-on-five game. Dunham gladly joined in the run and then promptly sprained his ankle. But Stevens said Dunham will be good to go, despite the minor scare. Stevens said Dunham thought nothing of getting in a game with the rest of the student body since he simply loves being on the floor.
3. Central Florida’s Keith Clanton decided to stay home and finish his career with the Knights in front of his family in Orlando despite the lure of transferring for his final season since the Knights are banned for NCAA violations. Clanton was rewarded for his loyalty by being tabbed as the preseason C-USA player of the year. The Knights were a reach to make the NCAA so Clanton made a wise choice. Finish his career and college where he started and still potentially accomplish personal goals of being a POY and an NBA draft pick.