Dalton Pepper seriously considered going to Temple out of high school. The Owls were a very close second choice when the 2008-09 Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year chose West Virginia. After two seasons at WVU, it was announced last month that Pennsbury High's all-time leading scorer was going to transfer. It was announced yesterday that he has signed a scholarship agreement with Temple and will attend school there. Pepper will have to sit out next season, but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, starting in 2012-13.
Pepper, who was a reserve during his time at WVU, almost certainly would have started there next season. But he chose to come home. With Ramone Moore, Scootie Randall and Juan Fernandez all having only one more season of eligibility, the Owls backcourt will be wide open when Pepper becomes eligible to play.
"Dalton is a fine young man from a wonderful family," Temple head coach Fran Dunphy said. "He is a tremendous addition to our basketball program and we are looking forward to great things from him during his Temple career."
Pepper's dad, Jack, was the all-time leading scorer at Pennsbury until his record was broken by Jason Vegotsky (Bucknell). The 6-5 Dalton Pepper broke Vegotsky's record and finished with 2,207 points.
As a freshman, Pepper averaged 3.1 points in 7.6 minutes for WVU's Final Four team. Last season, he averaged 3.4 points in 12.4 minutes. Pepper shot 36.7 percent as a freshman, 38.1 percent as a sophomore.
In WVU's 2011 NCAA win over Clemson, Pepper had three steals in 33 seconds and scored twice on layups late in his team's close win. It seemed to be a sign of things to come. If it is, they will come at Temple.