Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Temple sophomore Daniel Dingle has a tear in his right meniscus and could miss the rest of the season, sources told CoBL. He injured the knee in practice on Sunday, and was in crutches on Monday before an evaluation later that day confirmed the injury.
The New York City native and 6-foot-7 combo forward was averaging 6.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg in about 20.3 minutes per game, though he’d been playing his best basketball lately. In the Owls’ last two games against Texas Southern and then LIU Brooklyn, he scored a total of 25 points and dished out nine assists, showing just why he was considered a top-150 talent coming out of St. Raymond’s in the Bronx.
The timing couldn’t have been much worse for Fran Dunphy and his staff, with American Athletic Conference play beginning on Wednesday night when the Owls will travel to Rutgers.
With just nine scholarship players on the roster, the last thing Temple needed in its first season in the AAC was a key injury. Now, they’ll have to move forward with just four scholarship forwards on the roster in junior Anthony Lee and sophomore Devontae Watson, both centers, as well as power forwards Jimmy McDonnell and Mark Williams.
McDonnell, after playing sparingly in his first two non-redshirt seasons at Temple, started five consecutive games for the Owls between Nov. 22 and Dec. 18 as Dunphy tried to reinvigorate a squad that began the year just 1-3. Williams, a freshman, had started Temple’s first four games, though his play has been inconsistent thus far in his career. McDonnell is averaging 1.0 ppg and 1.5 rpg, while Williams is at 4.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg.
It’s possible that Dunphy could use Lee (14.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg) and Watson (1.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg) together in the frontcourt, with Lee at the ‘4’ and Watson at center; they have seen a few minutes together this season but not much more than that.
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