I haven't seen every game Temple has played this season, but the few times I have I have been anxiously waiting to see freshman big man Obi Enechionyia do something to raise the eyebrows.
Wednesday, in the Owls' 78-64 victory over Towson, I saw it.
In 23 minutes, Enechionyia delivered his best performance of the season. He scored seven points on 3-of-4 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and, most importantly to me, blocked four shots (and probably altered at least three more).
He has exhibited an ability to run the floor that I wondered about. And he's also bigger than I thought he was. In fact, listed a 6-9, 220, Enechionyia looks very much like a player who will eventually carry 240 very easily and still be able to get up and down the floor with aplomb.
His playing time continues to grow, and if he is going to continue to block shots the way he did on Wednesday you can be certain that coach Fran Dunphy is going to continue getting him on the floor.
"If he's getting blocks he's getting himself in pretty good defense position. He can still do that a lot better, but I think he's gaining more confidence and he's starting to figure out who he is," Dunphy said. "No turnovers and he had the ball a number of times. Just a couple of questionable decisions. But he's long and athletic. He's getting comfortable."
After playing just six minutes in the opener, Enechionyia has played at least 20 minutes in three of the Owls' last four games. And he knows that hard work and production are going to keep him on the floor.
"I wasn't sure what to expect," Enechionyia, a top-100 prospect coming out of St. James (Md.) School. "I just want to work hard and earn my spots. I'm just for the team. If they want me to come off the bench, that's up to coach."
Next up for Temple is a Sunday game at Villanova.