Christmas Comes In April

Dionte Christmas is off the board. The Philadelphia area prospect is headed to the Atlantic 10 where he'll bring a big time jump shot.

Philadelphia (Penn.) Lutheran Christian wing Dionte Christmas is off the board. The 6-foot-6 standout marksman is headed to Temple, the school he committed to over the weekend.

"I just felt it was a good fit because Temple's been missing out on shooting for the last few years and I felt I could help them," Christmas told Christmas considered St. Joe's, Providence and Marquette, in addition to the Owls.

As a player, Christmas excels at letting it fly. It's a role he's comfortable in and ready to embrace for the Owls.

"Coach Chaney likes to run a four guard offense sometimes and he wants me to come in and play major minutes and contribute to what they've been doing," Christmas said. "I'm close to a lot of the players on the team and our chemistry is there. I've played with them throughout the summer and we've got chemistry."

In picking Temple, Christmas said "yes" to assistant Dan Leibowitz who was dogged in his pursuit and "yes" to his family.

"I like to have my family coming to all of my games so staying close to home was a good thing," Christmas said. "Coach Dan was great. He was coming to my games and everything."

To say Christmas is excited about Temple would be an understatement. He's done his homework and what he does best – shooting the ball – is an area Temple has lacked.

"I'm a jump shooter. I can shoot the ball and I'm getting a little better at going to hole and finishing but really I'm a jump shooter and that's what Temple has been missing the past couple of years."

Not anymore, they've got their man.

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