NYC Hoops Standout Checks Out Auburn

New York City basketball standout Daniel Dingle discusses his visit to check out Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers.

Daniel Dingle, a standout forward at St. Raymond's in New York City, took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Friday and notes that he liked what he saw.

"It is a beautiful place," the 6-7, 225-pound basketball prospect says. "I visited the campus and I learned something new, ‘War Eagle.' It seems like a friendly environment and that is the kind of place I want to be. I was impressed."

Dingle averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds during the 2010-2011 season as a junior. He also dished out five assists.

In the southeast for a basketball prospect event, he made trip over to Auburn to meet with Coach Tony Barbee and other members of his staff and also got to meet members of the Auburn team.

"I came to Atlanta for an Under Armour Camp, which is supposed to be a great event," Dingle says. "It is the first year they are doing it and it is nice to be a part of it. It goes on through Sunday and the games start on Saturday."

Asked what his schedule includes this summer, Dingle says, "I am working on getting my game ready to go to the next level. I am doing the things I need to do to get myself in better condition and to better myself in life."

His team made a strong run at winning the state title his junior season while Dingle was named the Catholic High School Athletic Association Player of the Year. He says his number one goal as a senior will be to help his team win the state championship.

"My second goal is to get ready for college," he says. "I don't want to go into a college basketball program not ready to play."

Academically the forward is in good shape. "I have no idea of what of what I want to study in college right now," he says. "I am an A and B student and I am good with the clearinghouse and all of that."

This summer he will play with the Long Island Lightning AAU team at multiple events around the country. "There are going to be a lot of college coaches out there, in particular Auburn coaches, so I want to go out there and play my hardest and not worry about what they think," Dingle says. "I want to give it my all. If they want to give me a scholarship, that means the hard work is paying off."

Dingle says he has "no clue" on how many scholarship offers he has, but says "it is a lot." One of the offers is from Barbee's Tigers. "They came to my school and offered me about two months ago," he says.

The rising senior says he definitely has an interest in playing for Auburn and in the SEC. He notes he likes the athleticism of the players in the league and he likes the facilities and the people at Auburn.

"The new arena is really nice," he says. "I enjoyed my visit. It is like a family atmosphere there and that is a good thing."

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