Power forward Jaylen Bond made the decision to transfer from the Texas Longhorns this offseason after spending two seasons in the program and playing in a total of 747 minutes in 54 games (an average of roughly 14 minutes per game). Bond announced his decision on Twitter and is excited to return to the city of Philadelphia to play for the Temple Owls.
Bond was a three-star recruit from the state of Pennsylvania, and the Philly native committed to the Texas Longhorns over a big in-state offer from the Pittsburgh Panthers. He also received notable offers from the West Virginia Mountaineers, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Temple. Bond was certainly a coveted power forward prospect in his own state, and now he is back in the area he grew up in, which must be a special feeling.
About an average player in his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas, Bond was actually better as a freshman and a common trend among transfers is a regression in efficiency from their freshman to sophomore years (either that, or I’m just seeing trends at random). Bond is a solid defender overall, but his strength is his rebounding. Last season, Bond was one of the conferences most efficient rebounders, and he makes good use of his 6’7″, 224 pound frame.
Temple is getting a quality transfer in Jaylen Bond, and he is going to be a solid inside presence on defense for this team. He will have to sit out the 2013 season, but Temple is getting a solid get for the future and needed the additional talent in the frontcourt.