Wyatt joins West Chester Basketball Staff

West Chester University head men’s basketball coach Damien Blair has announced that former Temple guard, Khalif Wyatt, will join the staff as an assistant coach for the 2022-23 season.

Wyatt, a local product from Norristown, Pennsylvania, helped lead Norristown back to heights not seen in decades as he helped lead the team to its first District 1 Championship appearance and first State Championship appearance in 30 years as a junior before leading the team to a District 1 title during his senior season.

Following his successful high school career in Norristown, Wyatt continued his basketball career at nearby Temple University under the tutelage of head coach Fran Dunphy. While at Temple, Wyatt garnered Atlantic 10 (A-10) 6th Man of the Year honors as a sophomore before earning Second Team All-A-10 honors as a junior. His senior year with the Owls was his most successful, as he captured the A-10 Scoring Title and was named the A10 and Big 5 Player of the Year while also earning First Team All-League honors. Throughout each of his four seasons with Temple, Wyatt and the Owls advanced to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Round of 32 twice, including the 2012-13 season, which saw Temple defeat eight-seeded NC State before falling to top-seed and fourth-ranked Indiana by a final of 58-52 despite an electric 31-point performance by Wyatt as the senior guard shot an even 50 % (12-of-24) from the field in what would be his final game as an Owl.

At the conclusion of his career at Temple, Wyatt had scored over 1,500 points (1,576), averaging 14.5 points per game, thanks in part to his stellar senior season, which saw him average 20.5 points per game (697 points). Wyatt also ended his career with 295 assists (2.7/g) and 273 rebounds (2.5/g) while shooting 44.5 % (482-of-1083) from the field, 35.8 % (177-of-495) from three-point range, and 82.9 % (435-of-525) from the line.

Wyatt remains 15th in Temple history in career scoring while ranking sixth in program history in career free throws made and fourth in career free throw percentage. Additionally, Wyatt’s impressive senior season, which saw him tally 697 points (20.5/g), ranks eighth in team history and still stands as the best single-season scoring effort since David Hawkins scored 709 points during the 2003-04 season.

Following his tenure at Temple, Wyatt began his professional career with a preseason stint on the Philadelphia 76ers roster. Following his preseason with the Sixers, Wyatt took his game to the international level, where he would enjoy a nine-year career. During the course of his nine years playing international basketball, Wyatt played in countries around the world, playing in China, Isreal, the Philippines, France, and Romania. After his ninth season of professional basketball, Wyatt decided to retire from playing and begin pursuing his passion for teaching the game. Wyatt’s first foray into the coaching ranks occurred earlier this year when he served as the head coach of the Big 5 TBT team in the 2022 Tournament.


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