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AC player to be busy in college

Posted: August 13, 2014 - 12:14am
Joining Jordan Dingle as he signed to play basketball and tennis for Alabama A&M on Thursday were his stepfather Victor Franklin (left), mother, Stephanie Franklin, and father, John Dingle (right).   Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Joining Jordan Dingle as he signed to play basketball and tennis for Alabama A&M on Thursday were his stepfather Victor Franklin (left), mother, Stephanie Franklin, and father, John Dingle (right).

With his trip to college less than a day away, Augusta Christian’s Jordan Dingle took time out from his hectic schedule to take care of some important business Thursday night.

With family and friends filling the school’s media center, Dingle signed his letter of intent to play basketball and tennis at Division I Alabama A&M.

Dingle had offers from other Division I schools, but after a June visit to the Southwestern Athletic Conference school in Huntsville, Ala., Dingle was sold.

“I came to the decision that it was the best place for me,” said Dingle. “I got along with the coaches well and I get the opportunity to play tennis and basketball.”

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard transferred to Augusta Christian for his senior season and averaged 15 points and four assists-per-game in helping lead the Lions to a 22-4 record and the South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA state championship. He found it hard to compare winning a title with the emotion surrounding his signing day.

“They’re both once in a lifetime oppportunity,” said Dingle. “This is a good feeling here and winning the state championship, not many people can say that.”

Augusta Christian head coach John Harris was happy for Dingle, who he called a hard worker.

“It’s a dream come true for Jordan and you couldn’t ask for a better kid for it to happen to,” said Harris.

Dingle’s brother Jonathan will be among his competitors in the 2014-15 season as he enters his senior year playing tennis for A&M’s SWAC rival Prairie View A&M.

“He’s excited for me,” said Dingle. “He’s looking forward to the tennis battle plus he told me he’s going to be front row whenever we play them (in basketball).”

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