The 6-foot-5 Pepper is a local product who was honored as the 2009 Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He scored a school-record 2,207 points and had 962 rebounds at Pennsbury High.
The former Mountaineer will sit out the 2011-12 season per NCAA rules, and have two years of eligibility remaining with the Owls.
At West Virginia, Pepper played in 62 games, starting once. He averaged 3.5 points and 10.1 minutes per game in helping the Mountaineers to 53 wins and a trip to the 2010 Final Four. He connected on 41 3-pointers in 123 attempts (.333) in his two seasons under coach Bob Huggins.
Temple will return four starters from last season's team that posted a 26-8 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament.