Guard Optimism

Quenton DeCosey feels he took a big step from freshman year to sophomore year. The Owl guard went from a fringe rotation player to averaging 15.4 points, the second-highest total on the team. Now that DeCosey has demonstrated his scoring ability, he'll be counted on to lead the way offensively as a junior.

Quenton DeCosey feels he took a big step from freshman year to sophomore year.

The Owl guard went from a fringe rotation player to averaging 15.4 points, the second-highest total on the team.

Coach Fran Dunphy said DeCosey would have to be one of the Owls' leading scorers this year after he averaged just 1.9 points and seven minutes per game as a freshman. Now that DeCosey has demonstrated his scoring ability, he'll be counted on to lead the way offensively as a junior.

"Whatever my team needs me to do I'll do and I'm definitely a scorer," said DeCosey. "I'm definitely taking that challenge and that's what I'm going to do."

While DeCosey's overall numbers were good, he went through several streaky stretches both ways. Overall, he shot 41.4 percent with just 33.5 percent on three-point shots. The rising junior said it was the first time he struggled offensively.

"When I wasn't shooting the ball too well, I was still in the gym trying to get better, still working hard on improving my shooting percentages," said DeCosey. "Towards the end of the season, it started to go back up and I started to shoot it a little bit better because of all the hard work.

"In high school I was pretty much more consistent, so (struggling) was kind of new to me. I was kind of getting down on myself and my coaches told me keep working hard, keep shooting. They had faith in me and I had to have faith in myself too."

DeCosey said he felt a problem throughout the year was settling too often for jump shots instead of using his athleticism to drive.

"I know I probably shot the ball more than I got to the rim and I started to hear that from my family, stop settling for the outside jumper, that's why your percentages are falling," said DeCosey. "I tried to mix it up and get to the rim to get myself going."

As DeCosey improves, he believes the Owls' record will as well. While he made progress this year, Temple dropped to a 9-22 record.

"We took a bad loss against Texas early in the year, and then we got accustomed to losing and went downhill." said DeCosey. "But next year will be a great season. .. I can't wait."

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