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Temple Lands Priority Target, Forward Daniel Dingle

6′-6″ forward Daniel Dingle of St. Raymond (NY) has a name that should be well-known to longtime observers of Atlantic 10 basketball. His brother Dana Dingle was a standout at UMass, and is a current coach in the powerful Long Island Lightning AAU program. Daniel Dingle will be following his brother’s footsteps to the Atlantic 10, but it won’t be for the Minutemen, as he committed to the Temple Owls on Tuesday, over Auburn, Seton Hall and Miami.

Daniel Dingle was known to be a huge priority for Temple’s coaching staff, as they shadowed him throughout the evaluation period over the summer. With his verbal commitment, Dingle becomes the third member in the Owls 2012 recruiting class, joining center Devontae Watson and wing Quenton DeCosey.

Dingle averaged a double-double as a high school junior in New York City’s Catholic High School Athletic Association, playing against good competition. Throughout high school, he’s been known as an undersized face up power forward, but has upgraded his skill level and body now to the point where could play either forward position in the Atlantic 10.

In Dingle and DeCosey, Temple now has two players locked up that are good enough to compete for significant minutes as freshmen. Both are talented players from the Tri-State area, and important additions to the program.

While Temple fans may be holding out hope that they’ll land elite forward Amile Jefferson, the reality is that coach Fran Dunphy and his team of assistant coaches have done well in this group. Dingle and DeCosey are players that can be multiple year starters, while Watson has  intriguing size and skillset for the future,

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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