Khalif Wyatt named Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year

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PHILADELPHIA (04/15/13) – Senior guard Khalif Wyatt has been named the 2012-13 Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year.  Wyatt, who is also a member of the all-Big 5 first team, will also be honored at the annual Big 5 banquet held at The Palestra on April 29 for leading the Big 5 in scoring.


Senior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson represented Temple as a member of the all-Big 5 second team while graduate student guard T.J. DiLeo was named the city league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


Wyatt was joined on the first team by La Salle’s Ramon Galloway and Tyreek Duren, Villanova’s JayVaughn Pinkston, and Saint Joseph’s Ronald Roberts. Joining Hollis-Jefferson on the second team are Ryan Arcidiacono and Mouphtaou Yarouof Villanova, and Saint Joseph’s Carl Jones and Langston Galloway.


Arcidiacono was named the Big 5 Rookie of the Year while La Salle’s Dr. John Giannini was named Coach of the Year.


Wyatt, who led both the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 in scoring (20.5 ppg.), is the 14th Temple player to be named Big 5 Player of the Year.  His seven 30-point games tied Lynn Greer’s Temple single-season record set during the 2001-02 season and his 204 free throws made broke the legendary Hal Lear’s single season record of 189 set during the 1955-56 campaign.


The Norristown, Pa. native became the 12th Temple player to score 600 points in a season, and his 697 points ranks eighth on the Owls all-time single-season list.  He tallied 1,576 career points, to rank 13th on the program’s all-time list.


Hollis-Jefferson, who was named one of the Top 10 “Glue Guys” in college basketball by, averaged 8.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game.   His steady play was instrumental in helping the Owls post a 24-10 record and gain a share of the city-series title with a 3-1 Big 5 record.


A standout student, DiLeo, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in marketing, has earned a 3.81 cumulative grade point average. He graduated in 3 1/2 years (Dec. ’11) and was named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District team as well as the Atlantic 10 Conference all-Academic squad.


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