The Times West Virginian


March 30, 2013

HERTZEL COLUMN: Austin’s draft stock is rising


MORGANTOWN — o o o o o o

You didn’t see him play but as Temple went two games into the NCAA Tournament the Owls had a familiar face riding their bench.

Dalton Pepper, who put in some time at WVU and was expected to be a scoring guard, is now at Temple and finished this season averaging just 2.9 points a game after playing in 29 of 32 games.

The high point of his season with an 11-point, second-half performance against UNC-Charlotte, a game Temple won, 89-88.

“I’m not really frustrated,” Pepper said at the time. “Our team has been playing up and down. I’ve been playing up and down. I mean, everyone has their ups and downs. It happens to every athlete. You’ve just got to wait your turn, go play when you’re ready. Once you get the feel for it and get comfortable out there, everything changes. You’re not thinking of making a mistake here. You’ve just got to get on to the next play and play as hard as you can.”

He waited, but come tournament time, coach Fran Dunphy used only two reserves in each game.

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