Freshman Faces

Freshman Faces

Josh Brown and Mark Williams are going to know each other well over the next four years, but that hasn't stopped them from getting off to an early start. The two incoming Temple freshmen men's basketball players are on the same team in the Delaware County Pro-Am League this summer and are also practice partners.

Josh Brown and Mark Williams are going to know each other well over the next four years, but that hasn't stopped them from getting off to an early start.

The two incoming Temple freshmen men's basketball players are on the same team in the Delaware County Pro-Am League this summer and are also practice partners. Brown – who played for national power St. Anthony's in North Jersey - is a 6-3 point guard who also can play off the ball, while Williams is a 6-8 forward from Maryland who averaged 15.3 points and 11 rebounds for Montrose Christian.

"We need to get to know each other and gain confidence in each other also and we can just get rolling together," said Williams. "We're just getting each other better, every day in the gym getting better, getting shots and playing 1-on-1. He has to guard a big and I have to guard a guard. We're butting heads with each other and making each other the best we can be."

The two future Owls are playing with a couple former Temple players this summer as well. In Sunday's action, they took the court with T.J. Dileo, Scootie Randall and Jake Godino. During the short halftime break of their game, Godino spent most of it instructing Williams.

"They kind of tell us what to expect, it helps us on and off the court," said Brown.

Brown showed a diverse game, including an ability to get to the rim, see the floor and play good defense. He has a developing jump shot as well and could see immediate playing time because the Owls aren't deep at guard.

"I just want to come in and help the team win any way possible," said Brown. "Defend, score, rebound, do the little things that help us win. I've been playing like that since I was in coach (Bob) Hurley's system in high school. It's just instilled in me.

"You try to make the best play possible. If they play me up tight, I'll give it up. If they lay off, I'll rely on my shot."

Brown said the jumper has been a focus for him this summer.

"I'm expanding my range to three-point range," said Brown. "And I'm trying to get bigger. When we go against big-time schools, I don't want to be pushed around."

In Sunday's game, Williams was a magnet around rebounds and scored most of his points in transition.

"My high school coach Stu Vetter told me if I run the floor it's a quick 8-10 points per game," said Williams. "Rebounding and running the floor is instilled in me."

Williams faces longer odds than Brown to play just because of the players in front of him, but he said he has no interest in a redshirt year.

"I really want to play, I didn't come here to redshirt, I came here to play," said Williams. "I'll do whatever I can to get on the court."

Whatever his role, Williams is ready to contribute.

"I just want to come in, produce any way possible," said Williams. "Rebounding, defense, taking charges, any way possible, even if it's giving energy from the bench.

"I just want to be a part of something great."

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