The Temple University mens basketball team received its third oral committment of the year for its 2012 freshman class when St. Raymond's (NY) forward Daniel Dingle choose the Owls yesterday. St. Raymond's athletic director Ben Aguirre confirmed the commitment of the 6'6" power forward, who also held offers from Auburn, Seton Hall, Rutgers and more.
"(Dingle) is a very good student, who has been one of our team leaders for the last three years," Aguirre said. "He's very bright, very humble, always has a good head on his shoulders."
Dingle is the younger brother of former UMass guard Dana Dingle, a 1000-point scorer for the Mintemen in the mid-90s. The younger Dingle averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game last season for the St. Raymond's Ravens, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Both Scout.com and Rivals.com list Dingle as a three-star prospect, while ESPN's recruiting services give him an overall grade of 90. Scout.com has Dingle as the 28th-best power forward in the 2012 class, and ESPN considers him to be the fifth-best prospect in the state of New York.
"If you're going to be undersized, you have to play hard and play smart. Dingle does both. He sees the floor exceptionally well and is an astute passer, especially from the high post. When he catches inside, he's patient and probes the defense. Has good feet and can get himself near the rim and finish. He owns a very strong feel and basketball brain."--ESPN Recruiting
Dingle joins wing Quenton DeCosey (Metuchen, N.J./St. Joseph) and center Devontae Watson (Lincoln, Pa./Lincoln Park) in the Owls' 2012 class, filling up three of the four potential spots. Juan Fernandez, Scootie Randall, Michael Eric and Ramone Moore are all departing after this season, so the Owls still have one scholarship open for next year.
National Letters of Intent (NLIs), the mostly-binding documents the make these commitments official, can be signed as early as today.
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