Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The 6-foot-7 forward from St. Raymond’s High School in The Bronx chose the Owls over Seton Hall, Auburn and Miami, his brother, Dana Dingle, told SNY.tv.
UMass, Maryland and Missouri had also been involved.
“I just like the whole atmosphere,” Dingle said. “I’m from The Bronx where it’s pretty diverse and Temple is also pretty diverse which really made me feel right at home.
“Also, the coaching staff and their drive and ambition to get guys better. I will bring a well rounded person, versatile player and competitor with a great work ethic.”
Dingle joins 6-5 St. Joe’s Metuchen small forward Quenton DeCosey and 6-9 Midland (Pa) Lincoln Park center Devontae Wilson in Temple’s 2012 class.
In an interview earlier this year, Dingle said he plans to make his team better — wherever he ended up.
“I think I’ll be a player that fits in, a three/four man,” he said. “I’m working right now, so probably a two longer down the line. I think I’ll be a huge impact.
“I don’t need to get 20 shots. I just want to win. That’s what I want to do . I want to win.”
New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said it was a “significant acquisition for [Temple], especially getting into the New York market from one of the elite programs in New York City.”
He added: “I think he’ll be a good player. His best offensive skill clearly is passing. He’s an outstanding passer.
“He wants to be a perimeter forward and right now he’s more of a hybrid because off he can do some things. He can shoot a 3 off a catch. He can start a drive. He can’t quite start a play off the dribble for other people. But his biggest perimeter limitation right now is in defending the 3.
“The more he tightens his body and really works at moving his feet away from the basket, the more he can become a truly perimeter player. But he has a high basketball IQ and he’s a terrific kid. He brings character to the program.”
THORPE TO PENN STATEGeno Thorpe, a 6-3, 177-pound 2013 point guard from Pittsburgh Shaler, committed to Penn State.
He also considered Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. Joe’s and Kansas State.
“I chose PSU because Pat Chambers has a great coaching staff that will turn the program around,” he said by text. “I’m just a point guard who wants to get everyone involved as well a scoring the ball.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.