Ernest Aflakpui made a return to the court to see Temple University lose 67-83 to Villanova University in a regular season game played today at the Liacouras Center, Philadelphia.
The 6 foot 10 inch Ghanaian Center has missed the Owls last three games due to recurring knee issues. He missed the entire season of what was supposed to be his fresh man year 12 months ago following surgery after tearing a meniscus in his knee.
Aflakpui checked into the game with just over a minute left to play and immediately made an impact by grabbing an offensive rebound.
The former Archbishop John Caroll High School standout made a name for himself in his home nation Ghana before moving to the States. In 12 games played this season, he has averaged 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 10.2 minutes for the Owls.
His presence on Temple’s roster with Providence University’s Ben Bentil and University of Connecticut Center Amida Brimah represent a growing number of Ghanaian basketball players in elite programs in the United States.