With his future staring him in the face, Augusta Christian’s Jordan Dingle is trying to concentrate on the present.
Already with scholarship offers from Division I Western Carolina University and Wofford College and No. 20 Division II Lincoln Memorial University and still garnering interest from others, the Lions’ point guard is trying to stay zeroed in on basketball. His final decision about where to play in college will most likely come at the season’s end.
“I’ll probably just wait until after the season ’cause the recruiting process is straining,” said Dingle, who transferred from South Aiken High School for his senior year. “A lot of this summer was focused on the recruiting and all that and I kind of lost focus on basketball, so I’m just trying to focus on that right now.”
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard has done a good job of that in the early going, helping lead the Lions to a 7-2 record while averaging 16 points and four assists per game. He credits his teammates with helping make his transfer to the school a seamless one.
“Nobody’s selfish on the team, the main goal is winning and if we can help each other get to that goal, then it’s good, and that’s made the transition very easy for me,” Dingle said.
First-year Lions coach John Harris likes the kind of intensity Dingle has brought to the team.
“He plays with a chip on his shoulder,” said Harris. “He plays for something to prove every time he steps out there. He’s brought our program and our team to another level this year.”
Dingle likes the makeup of the team, which takes pressure off him to carry the load.
“Coming from South Aiken, I was needed to be the scorer,” Dingle said. “This team, I have like four other guys who can get you 20 any time. I don’t have to step into that role, I can facilitate.”
When it comes to choosing a college, Dingle, who plans to be a business major, knows what he’s looking for.
“Everybody’s goal is to go D-I,” Dingle said. “Lincoln Memorial is D-II. If I was to go to a D-II, it would have to be a top tier. I just want to go to a place where I’ll be successful.”
Schools recruiting him will also see a championship pedigree because Dingle, who has been playing tennis almost his entire life, was a part of South Aiken’s 2013 South Carolina High School Association Class AAAA championship squad. He played tennis with his brother Jonathan at the school in 2010, and saw him go through the recruiting process.
“My brother plays tennis in college for (D-I) Prairie View A&M,” said Dingle. “That’s another thing that helps me with recruiting because I know what he’s gone through and that’s helped me not take things personally.”
He understands the bottom line of recruiting.
“That’s the main thing you have to know, it’s a business,” Dingle said. “One day they might like you and the next they might like someone else. You can’t take it personal because it’s a business.”
In the meantime, he’s continuing on with the game he loves.
“I just love to compete,” he said. “I love everything about basketball. I love the crowd, the atmosphere, the teammates. The people I’ve met with basketball, you really can’t find that anywhere else. It’s just a great experience.”