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For Cummings, Charleston Classic is personal

November, 14, 2013
For Will Cummings, there's nothing like playing at home ... or at least relatively close to home.

Temple's junior guard is looking forward to the Charleston Classic presented by Gildan for very personal reasons. For the 6-2, 175-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., there aren't many games on the Temple basketball schedule near his home, which is why the eight-team tournament, which will be held from Nov. 21-24 at the TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., is special.

“I'm really looking forward to the tournament," said Cummings, who is averaging 17.5 points and three assists per game this season. "It's the closest game to my hometown. I'll have plenty of family and friends come up to the game. Charleston isn't too far from Florida.”

Temple will face Clemson in the opener on Nov. 21, which marks the beginning of one of the school’s toughest schedules in years. A member of the American Athletic Conference, the Owls have two games with defending NCAA champion Louisville, which includes a slate of NCAA opponents Cincinnati (twice), Villanova, Memphis, La Salle and Long Island.

This isn't lost on Cummings, however. “We’re playing all the big-name schools,” he said. “You always want to play the best. That's what really motivates you.”

Especially when you feel at home.

Wyatt gives Dunphy high marks

October, 3, 2013

While former Temple star Khalif Wyatt is busy trying to land a spot on the Philadelphia 76ers roster during training camp, he’s keeping his eye on his alma mater’s program and its prospects for the season. The 6-4 shooting guard—who was the Owls’ leading scorer and the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the year last season—still keeps in touch with his college teammates, who aren’t far away in the City of Brotherly Love. Wyatt points out that Temple has some great returning players from last year’s NCAA tournament team, including 6-9 junior Anthony Lee, 6-2 junior Will Cummings, 6-5 sophomore Quenton DeCosey and 6-7 sophomore Daniel Dingle.

But the main reason the Owls will be competitive in the American Athletic Conference and in the upcoming Charleston Classic—taking place at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 21-24—is head coach Fran Dunphy, maintains Wyatt:

“They have some good young guys, but the main thing they have is a great coach,” Wyatt says. “They have one of the best coaches in the country. Coach Dunphy is going to make sure that they have a chance in every game.”