The Temple Owls have landed a recruiting coup this weekend as head coach Fran Dunphy has added to his ranks for next season. In doing so, Temple has brought in a heralded guard as the Owls look to build for the future after winning the AAC regular season title last season.
Guard Nate Pierre-Louis will be committing to the Owls as the Jersey City, New Jersey product will be staying close to home for his collegiate career. He will be heading to Philadelphia to play for an Owls team that is on the rise after making a return to the NCAA Tournament last season, losing an overtime heartbreaker to Iowa.
Pierre-Louis is a three-star recruit, per Rivals.com, while ranking 148th on the Rivals’ top 150 list. Although the guard is a solid signing for the Owls, he is far from a massive recruiting victory as Pierre-Louis is likely to be a prospect that Dunphy will need to develop once he finishes his senior season of high school basketball.
Still, the signing of Pierre-Louis is another sign that the Owls are back to being an annual threat in the AAC after returning to the NCAA Tournament following two straight absences. Dunphy is looking to go back to the early days of his career at Temple, where the Owls were a “March Madness” fixture for six consecutive seasons. Recruiting top 150 players – like Pierre-Louis – indicates that the Owls are on the rise to building a consistent bully in their conference for years to come.
CBS college basketball insider Jon Rothstein first reported the news of the Pierre-Louis commitment.