Coach Fran Dunphy has a good attitude entering the upcoming basketball season at Temple even though he may not have two of his leading scorers.
On May 25 current senior point guard Josh Brown had surgery on his left Achilles tendon. He had suffered the injury on May 20 while working out.
In February, then freshman guard Trey Lowe suffered season-ending upper body injuries in a one-car accident.
Last season Brown averaged 8.3 points but also was eighth in the country with a 3.50 assist-to-turnover ratio. Lowe averaged 4.8 points, but scored a career-high 21 points in a loss to Villanova.
Dunphy says it hasn't been decided whether either or both players will sit out the season.
"We have to figure it out with Josh and Trey at this point," Dunphy said during a recent interview. "What is best for Temple basketball is one thing but what is best for both of these guys is really important."
Dunphy wouldn't speculate, but it says here that it wouldn't be surprising if both sit out this year. As a coach, Dunphy has to prepare that way.
"We will have to figure out how we can reinvent ourselves a little bit if they don't play," Dunphy said. "How we will play the game, how we will put people in the right spots, that is a big challenge."
Temple is coming off a 21-12 season in which the Owls won the American Athletic Conference regular season title and earned a berth in the NCAA Tourament. The Owls lost to Iowa, 72-70 in overtime in their opening NCAA Tournament game.
Junior forward Obi Enechionyia is Temple's leading returning scorer, having averaged 11 points per game.
If the two guards aren't able to play, it will put more emphasis on the development of sophomore combination gaurd Levan Alston, who averaged 2.0 points last season.
"His world changed when Trey got hurt and his world changed again when Josh got hurt," Dunphy said of Alston. "His whole opportunity has changed and really has changed dramatically."
Dunphy says if one or both of the players don't return, that the expectations will increase for two incoming freshmen - point guard Alani J. Moore and wing player Quinton Rose.
"A lot will be expected of those two," Dunphy said.
Dunphy, who has guided the Owls to seven NCAA Tournaments in his 10 seasons at Temple, says that Damion Moore, a 6-10 freshman from Mississippi, has also shown well in off-season workouts.
The veteran coach says he will depend heavily on the veterans such as 6-7 redshirt senior swingman Dan Dingle, and 6-8 senior forward Mark Williams.
"Mark Williams and Dan Dingle, as seniors, not only on the court but off the court they have to be role models," Dunphy said.
Dunphy also expects improvement from 6-10 sophomore center Ernest Aflakpui.
"He is the best charge-taking big man I have ever seen. so we need him to take three to four of htose per game," Dunphy said.
Dunphy also says that freshman Ayan Nunez de Carvalho, a 6-5 guard from Argentina who redshirted last season, has made good strides.
The veteran coach, who is 524-283 in 27 total seasons at Penn and Temple, can't wait to get started on his 11th season with the Owls. The season begins with a Nov. 11 game at the Liacouras Center against Dunphy's alma mater, La Salle. Injuries or not, Dunphy expects to field a highly competitive team.