Dingle has surgery; Williams' injury not serious

Dingle has surgery; Williams' injury not serious
January 6, 2014, 7:30 pm


A Temple spokesman tells CSNPhilly.com that Daniel Dingle's knee surgery was "very successful," but there is still no timetable with regards to a potential return to action. (USA Today Images)

Temple sophomore forward Daniel Dingle underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Monday morning to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

At the time of the injury, sustained last week during practice, the Owls were worried that Dingle was likely lost for the season, although they would not know for sure until after his procedure.

A Temple spokesman told CSNPhilly.com Monday night that although the surgery was "very successful," there is still no timetable with regards to a potential return to action this season.

Dingle tore his meniscus battling for a loose ball in practice on Dec. 29.

An already undermanned Temple roster was dealt another injury blow over the weekend when freshman forward Mark Williams sprained his ankle on Saturday in a loss to UCF. Williams had to be helped off the floor in the first half before having his ankle heavily wrapped.

Williams, two days later, is already off crutches, and the Owls do not believe his injury to be overly serious. Williams' status is currently being labeled as day to day.

Although it is unlikely that he will be ready to play Thursday night vs. USF, the potential exists for him to test his ankle on Saturday against No. 24 Memphis on Saturday.

Dingle, a four-star recruit out of St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, was averaging 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists but was beginning to show signs of tapping into his potential. In the two games immediately prior to his injury, he scored a combined 25 points on 10 for 15 shooting with nine assists and four blocks.

Williams, who started against Rutgers and UCF once Dingle went down and has started six of Temple's 12 games, was averaging 4.7 points and 4.3 assists.

Without Dingle and Williams -- who were playing 20 and 18 minutes per game, respectively -- coach Fran Dunphy is now down to only eight available players on his roster, seven on scholarship and a walk-on in Nick Pendergast.