An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted on by another force. Jordan Dingle has yet to encounter a force strong enough to stop his streak of offensive dominance.
After Penn men’s basketball’s (9-10, 2-3 Ivy) Monday night game against Princeton, the junior guard further cemented himself as one of the nation’s leading scorers. Averaging a career high 23.6 points per game, Dingle is currently the NCAA Division I's third highest scorer in the country.
In his sophomore year, Dingle broke out as one of the most lethal weapons on the Quaker roster, leading both Penn and the Ivy League in scoring with 20.9 points per game. With time, he has only gotten better, embracing his increased responsibilities and role as a leader.
Dingle’s season-high 37-point outing against La Salle on Dec. 3 was one of his best individual performances in a Penn jersey. Despite Dingle draining a contested buzzer-beating three to send the game to overtime, the Quakers ultimately fell that afternoon. In spite of the bitter result, Dingle showcased his ability to step up and make key plays for the Red and Blue in difficult moments.
Consistency has been key for the junior guard this season, scoring at least 20 points in 14 of his 17 appearances. Dingle’s offensive versatility also makes him a nightmare for defenders. On top of his adept three-point shooting capabilities, Dingle’s ability to slash to the basket and get contested buckets in the paint has been crucial for unlocking opponent defenses. When defenders have tried to make him earn his points from the free throw line this season, Dingle has responded by shooting 85.2%.
With the bulk of Ivy League play still ahead of the Quakers, it will be interesting to see what Dingle has in store for his Ivy League Player of the Year award bid. As he continues to elevate his level of play, he leaves Penn men’s basketball fans with room to speculate on what his full potential might look like.