MIAMI — The first seven weeks on the job for Rick Pitino produced mostly singles and doubles — quality additions and complementary pieces that lacked the wow factor.
On Friday morning, that changed. Friday morning, New St. John’s coaches went deep. On Friday morning, he hit a home run.
Jordan Dingle, Ivy League Player of the Year out of pain and one of the leading guards entering the transfer portal, has verbally committed to St. Louis. Jones, he told The Post.
A difference-making guard, he elevates the roster and gives Johnny a potentially dynamic inside-out punch alongside standout center Joel Soriano.
Dingle, the country’s no. 2 scorer last season at 23.4 points per game, who was heard from among high-major schools after opting to leave Penn after three seasons.
This included Texas, Oregon, UCLA, Arkansas, and several other powerhouse programs.
He had Zoom calls with Oklahoma State and Florida State.
But St. John’s was his only visit. scheduled tribe. John made the most sense.
Dingle, a Valley Stream, N.Y. native who is testing the NBA draft waters and is focused on seeing the process through by the May 31 cutoff date, said in a phone interview. “I’m really excited to learn from a mind that has been around the game of basketball as much as he has and understands it as much as he does.
“I knew there might be some Blue Bloods who could potentially be interested in me, but the main thing was about finding the right place and the right fit for me, and I think St John’s is the right place for me. ” John has that place.
The 6-foot-3 Dingle improved every year at Penn and is coming off a season in which he shot a career-best 35.6 percent from 3-point range on 7.7 attempts and also shot 46.4 percent from the field.
His numbers against quality competition did not drop, scoring 25 in a loss to Villanova, 30 in a win over Temple, and 18 in a loss to Missouri.
One Ivy League coach said, “He’s capable of scoring from everywhere.” “Hold and shoot. He makes 3’s, he makes 3’s off the dribble, his mid-range game is elite and he’s athletic enough to drive and dunk. We’re pretty confident he’s an NBA player.”
There were two advantages working in the Johnnys’ favor: Pitino and location.
Dingle liked the idea of spending his last year in college close to home and was attracted to the opportunity to play for a Hall of Fame coach.
Pitino has a strong relationship with his father, Dana, who is co-director of the New York Lightning AAU program, and Dingle hopes that a year playing for him could boost his NBA stock in the Big East.
Dingle said, “He’s done a fantastic job with player development, especially with the guards.” “Obviously to name two, Donovan Mitchell and Terry Rozier. The way he trains his teams, the pace his team plays is fast paced, which is very similar to the NBA. It would be a good way to prepare me for the next level.
“I’m really excited about it. Everyone wants to play the game at the highest level against the best coaches, against the best competition. The Big East is full of talent and great coaching. It’s going to be great, not only for me but for my Showcasing the skill, but also for the team next year to show what a great program we really are. The glory days of St.Lao John are back.
It should be noted, she hasn’t fully committed to spending the next year in college just yet.
Dingle has worked out with the Mavericks and Hawks, and has workouts scheduled for May 13 with the Bulls, May 26 with the Jazz, May 30 with the Cavaliers and May 31 with the Celtics.
Dingle is expected to add more soon.
“I’m going to go ahead and finish these workouts. We’re going to sit down and have an in-depth talk about what the prospects could look like for me based on the feedback the teams provide.” “I will decide to go with whatever option is best at the time.”
Dingle declined to say whether he would need assurances that he would be selected to remain in the draft.
Although for now St. John could realistically dream of adding him to his roster, the big prize that eluded Pitino until now.
scheduled tribe. Johns has performed well in the transfer portal, providing quality wings to RJ Lewis (UMass) and Glenn Taylor Jr. (Oregon State) and top-150 high school prospect Brady Dunlap along with strong guards Naeem Alleini (UConn) and Dennis Jenkins (Iona).
Dingle takes roastery to another level.
“Now you have a team that is in a position to challenge for a place in the top five of the Big East,” said CBS Sports college basketball analyst John Rothstein. “Without question for me they are an NCAA Tournament team. I think they should have two All-Big East players in Soriano and Dingle, and we’ll see what happens from there.