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Jordan Dingle, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound point guard from Blair (N.J.) Academy and the NY Lightning AAU program, committed to Penn on Saturday.
He also considered Boston University and Saint Louis, and visited Penn and BU officially. Four other Ivy League schools also offered.
“One day the basketball is going to stop bouncing and if I choose Penn, I know that whatever business I walk into, that degree will hold a lot of weight,” Dingle said. “It has a good combination of high level basketball as well, being in the ‘Big 5.’ And they have a really good coach [Steve Donahue] who reminds me of my high school coach [Joe Mantegna].”
St. John’s is close to adding Auburn transfer Mustapha Heron on a hardship waiver for the 2018-19 season, which would provide a massive boost to Chris Mullin’s club entering the coach’s fourth season at the helm of his alma mater.
The 6-foot-5 Connecticut native transferred to St. John’s in May — as first reported by ZAGSBLOG — and then applied for a hardship waiver because his mother, Thalia Heron, suffered a massive concussion. She lives in West Haven, Conn.
“He should have a decision this week,” one source close to Heron said Saturday. “It’s the NCAA so you just don’t know.”
A second source close to the situation added, “The NCAA has been very helpful. The T’s are being crossed and the I’s are being dotted.”