Update on 2014 forward Sam Dingba

Salisbury (CT) forward Sam Dingba was initially a member of the class of 2013. The native of Cameroon decided, however, that he would be taking a post-grad year and reclassifying as a 2014. On Monday, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Salisbury head coach Jeff Ruskin about his talented star.

A 6'6 forward, Sam Dingba put together a strong 2012-2013 season at Salisbury. "We finished with a 17-8 record and were invited into the New England Class A Tournament for the seventh straight year," Salisbury head coach Jeff Ruskin told Hawk Hill Hardwood.

"Samuel led us in scoring with 16.2 points per game," Ruskin continued. "He shot 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. He also led us with 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game."

Those strong stats came despite the loss of five-star Syracuse-bound Chris McCullough, who transferred out of Salisbury for his senior year. His impressive play, and his team's success, earned Sam nomination onto the All-New England Class A First Team.

Last fall, Sam took four official visits, including one to Hawk Hill, prior to his decision to take a post-grad year. Going through the recruiting process last summer, Samuel was able to really narrow down his list of schools.

When I spoke with Coach Ruskin last summer, as Sam was trimming down his college list, he cited "Boston College, St. Joe's, Quinnipiac, and Boston University" as the schools most involved in Sam's recruitment. Three of those four schools are still at the top of his list.

"Samuel has narrowed his choices down to, in no specific order, Saint Joseph's, Boston University, and Quinnipiac," Ruskin told Hawk Hill Hardwood on Monday. "If his SAT scores continue to rise, he would also consider Ivy and Patriot League schools."

This summer, Sam is once again running with the West Chester Hawks on the AAU circuit. Last summer, his exceptional athleticism and relentless motor caught the eyes of college coaches during the April and July Live Periods. At the moment, Saint Joseph's, Boston University, and Quinnipiac make up the 6'6 jumping-jack forward's list.

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