Still A Soph

Daniel Dingle's freshman season at Temple was spent as a deep bench reserve and he was coming into his own in his sophomore year before a knee injury ended it at 10 games. He admitted considering that half of his career was over and he had barely made a blip, so it was a sense of relief on Wednesday when he received word from the NCAA that he was granted a medical redshirt for this season.

Daniel Dingle's freshman season at Temple was spent as a deep bench reserve and he was coming into his own in his sophomore year before a knee injury ended it at 10 games.

He admitted considering that half of his career was over and he had barely made a blip, so it was a sense of relief on Wednesday when he received word from the NCAA that he was granted a medical redshirt for this season.

Dingle was injured Dec. 29 as the Owls were preparing for their 11th game in a 30-game regular season. The general rule for receiving a year of eligibility back is to have played less than 30 percent of the schedule, so it appeared the forward was a game over.

But the NCAA was willing to count Temple's American Athletic Conference tournament game against Central Florida in its evaluation and Dingle's percentage was just under the allowed limit.

"It was very exciting, it gives me a chance to compete again, having an extra year to play basketball and further my education," said Dingle. "I had some hopes, talked to compliance to find out if it was possible. I was thinking my junior and senior year I had to really turn it up a notch. … I'm still planning to, but now I have three years instead of four."

Dingle averaged 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists this season but really was coming into his own when he tore the meniscus in his right knee in practice. The 6-7 forward produced back-to-back double-digit scoring games and seemed ready to firmly entrench himself in the starting lineup.

"Those last few games I was starting to get a feel for my role," said Dingle.

Whether his role remains the same will be seen come next season. With center Anthony Lee's transfer, Dingle could find himself at small forward or power forward depending on the lineup and the development of true freshman Obi Enechionyia. Dingle said he should be cleared to resume normal basketball activities sometime in May.

"I feel great, I'm doing little slides. ... I'm in the weight room, I feel like I can play the three or four," said Dingle. "I had a tough time guarding the four this year but I became smarter, I'm understanding the game more and I got stronger. In testing I hit 300 on the bench. When I got here, I couldn't lift 150, so I've improved a lot."

Temple coach Fran Dunphy said he was hopeful from the beginning that Dingle would receive the year back.

"These kids' windows are so narrow," said Dunphy. "You always apply and you never know. We played that extra game and fortunately that got him over the hump."

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