Temple’s Obi Enechionyia declared for the NBA Draft without an agent last week, as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marc Narducci first reported.
Enechionyia, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward from Springfield, Va., averaged 13.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a junior. He also shot 38.5 percent from 3-point range.
“I think it’s a good opportunity in terms of getting some looks from the pros and learning what I need to do to improve my stock," Enechionyia said Tuesday. "I just didn’t see any negatives in it and I decided, ‘Why not?’”
Temple coach Fran Dunphy supported Enechionyia’s decision to test the draft waters, as he did with former Owls standouts like Quenton DeCosey, Ramone Moore and Lavoy Allen.
“I think there’s no downside to it,” Dunphy said. “I think it’s a terrific thing. It allows him to get into some opportunities to see what the NBA people think of him. Hopefully, he can get into some workouts with some NBA franchises that allow him to see what the next level up is all about in a little more clearer focus.”
Temple assistant coach Aaron McKie, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, also backed Enechionyia’s choice.
“He’s excited for me, thinks it’s a good opportunity,” Enechionyia said. “He didn’t say anything different from the others coaches. He’s just excited as well.”
Enechionyia said he has not had any “formal” talks with NBA teams thus far. He also does not have any workouts scheduled.
The NBA Draft Early Entrant Withdrawal deadline is June 12 at 5 p.m. Enechionyia plans to stay on Temple’s campus and practice with Dunphy’s crew until the deadline.
“Just staying here, working out, getting ready for whatever pro workouts I’m going to have,” Enechionyia said.
Enechionyia generated NBA Draft buzz after the month of November, when he averaged 21 points per game and shot 54.5 from beyond the arc. He struggled for a large chunk of the remainder of the regular season and hit the 20-point mark only once after November.
Temple point guard Josh Brown, who appeared in five games before he was shut down for the season due to soreness from a ruptured Achilles injury suffered in May, was on the practice court at Pearson-McGonigle Hall Tuesday. Brown shot long-range jumpers with McKie following the conclusion of practice.