Temple landed a big commitment Tuesday in Daniel Dingle (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond).
Dingle's commitment was the result of months of hard work as the Atlantic 10 powerhouse from Philadelphia went into New York to land a commitment over the likes of Auburn, Seton Hall and others.
No one worked harder to recruit Dingle this summer. In fact, head coach Fran Dunphy or one of his assistants was front and center literally every time Dingle took the court in July, and now they’re reaping the rewards.
Dingle is arguably the premier mismatch forward in the Northeast. At 6-foot-6, he was known as a face-up 4-man throughout most of his career, but worked hard to trim his frame and improve his quickness. Now he heads to the Atlantic 10 as a player capable of slotting in at the 3 and allowing Temple to go big, or moving over to the 4 and giving them the versatility to go with a smaller, quicker lineup.
Regardless of what position he plays at the next level, Dingle’s impact on the court is undeniable. He’s a facilitating forward who is at his best when allowed to create off the dribble in the middle of the court. He excels at using his body to earn trips to the free throw line and makes defenses pay for sending a second defender with his court vision and passing ability.
For Temple, the commitment is big because Dingle projects to make a big impact right away in the Atlantic 10, but also because it has the potential to develop lasting in-roads into the talent of the greater New York City area.
Since Dunphy arrived at Temple, the Owls' recruiting efforts have been focused primarily on Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with an occasional trip south to Florida. Breaking into New York gives them access to another crop of players altogether, and there isn’t a better connection than Dingle, whose brother and AAU coach, Dana Dingle, runs one of the most talented AAU programs in the city.
So give Temple credit for landing a big recruit, not just because he’s likely to be one of the Atlantic 10’s top freshmen next season, but also because he could be the key to extending the scope of the Owls recruiting in years to come.