Temple Adds Quality This Spring

Posted May 14, 2003

The Temple Owls just got more athletic. In the last two weeks, they’ve added a pair of significant spring additions and their five-man class is one of their best in years.

If you’re evaluating the top recruiting classes in the Atlantic 10, the Temple Owls better come up in the conversation. Coach John Chaney recently completed his five-man class with another athlete.

On Tuesday, Miami Christian small forward Jesus Verdejo signed his national letter of intent with the Owls. Verdejo has a reputation for doing two things really well. First and foremost, the guy is an athlete. Secondly, he can really score it.

For the past two seasons, Verdejo has been a cornerstone player at Miami Christian under Art Alvarez. They’ve won a lot of games and he’s been able to produce for them.

Dustin Salisbery and Dion Dacons are the other spring addition to go along with fall signees Wayne Marshall and Mario Taybron.

Dacons isn’t necessarily the most talented signee the Owls had this year but he’s likely the toughest guy to keep of the court. Those around him and those who have watched him the past few seasons understand his commitment to winning.

He plays with a chip on his shoulder and it seems to motivate him. For instance, Oak Hill reloaded again after his junior year and it was widely expected that his role would be reduced as a senior.

Well, all he did was go out and turn into Steve Smith’s most consistent player. He’ll battle you on the glass and he’ll enter Temple thinking someone is going to have to take a spot from him.

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PF Dion Dacons (profile)
C Wayne Marshall (profile)
SG Dustin Salisbery (profile)
SG Mario Taybron (profile)
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