Temple senior point guard Josh Brown was granted a medical redshirt year that will enable him to play next season.

Brown only played five games this past season as he attempted to come back from a torn left Achilles tendon.

"I am humbled and blessed to get another opportunity to play and to be healthy, be around the team," Brown said in a phone interview. "I didn't know for sure if I would get it and now that I have it I can't be more thankful."

Brown, who says he now feels close to 100 percent, underwent surgery on May 25.

He missed the beginning of the season, but came back in quick fashion.

After missing the first six games of the season, he returned Nov. 30 in a 78-72 win at St. Joseph's.

Brown appeared in five consecutive games, but after playing 25 minutes in a 78-57 loss at Villanova, on Dec. 13, he was unable to play the rest of the season.

He averaged 7.2 points in 20.5 minutes during his five games.

"I probably should have waited longer to join the team, but that is behind me now," Brown said.

Brown will graduate this spring with a degree in criminal justice and said he will meet with his academic counselors to determine a plan for his fifth year at Temple.

He was a key player in Temple's 2016 NCAA berth. That season, Brown ranked first in the American Athletic Conference and 10th in the NCAA Division I with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.5. He also led the AAC in minutes played (36.2 per game). In addition, he was regarded as Temple's top defensive player.

This year the Owls slipped to 16-16 and lost in the first round of the AAC tournament to East Carolina.

"I am so excited," Brown said. "My goal is to get back to the tournament."