Known for his ever-present smile during his time at the Westtown School, Temple sophomore Jake Forrester is smiling less these days, but his game has never been better, writes Mike Jensen for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It just comes with maturity, realizing the level of basketball that I’m playing now,’’ said Forrester, a Harrisburg native. “It needs a lot more focus, and a lot more respect for the game.”
The 6-foot-8 forward transferred to Temple from Indiana, where he did not spend much time on the court as a freshman.
“Although I didn’t play much at Indiana, I still learned a lot from a lot of the coaches,’’ he said. “And just playing in Big Ten basketball practices, it raised my IQ.”
What Forrester learned is helping him secure more playing time with his new team. In five games with the Owls, he has averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game.
Temple coach Aaron McKie is certainly satisfied with that production.
“He helps us inside offensively, where we can throw it inside to settle us,’’ said McKie.
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