Fran Dunphy and the Temple basketball program landed a major recruit today when they received the commitment of Daniel Dingle from St. Raymond HS in the Bronx. The 6-6 forward can play either the 3 or the 4 and was arguably Temple's top target this summer. He chose the Owls over teams like Auburn, Seton Hall, UMass, Dayton & Rutgers all of whom had tendered him offers. Here's what ESPN's recruiting blog had to say about the Dingle commitment.â†µ
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.â†µ
ESPN's Adam Finklestein also points out that this is a significant pickup because it allows Temple to make in-roads into New York City that they previously didn't have. Previously, Temple limited their recruiting to mostly PA, NJ and Florida. But landing Dingle, whose brother coaches a powerhouse AAU program, could lead to more top recruits coming from the New York area.â†µ
Interestingly enough, his older brother Dana was a standout at UMass. So it was a big get for Temple to sign him despite an offer from him brother's alma mater.