Alumnus Sean Dinkins Dominates


Alan McGonigle

Senior Forward Sean Dinkins, circa March 2016

Matthew Leto, Sports Editor

Former Santaluces varsity basketball star Sean Dinkins ended his high school career by helping the Chiefs win a district championship last year. The class of 2016 standout elected to sign with Santa Fe Saints in Gainesville, and after a slow start to the season off the bench, Dinkins erupted for 16 points and 5 rebounds against Tallahassee Community College and has become a regular starter early in the season.

The rise of Sean Dinkins began when he led the Chiefs to a historic district championship and a regional semi-finals appearance during the 2015-2016 season.

Now, Dinkins, a 6’7 forward, looks to make his name known at Santa Fe.

Current team captain Senior Edwin Ross chimed in on how Dinkins helped his game progress.

“While I was injured, I watched Dinkins a lot and how the team always followed his lead,” Ross said. “I learned a lot on how to lead last season, now I have to focus on my game and earn my teammates respect.”

Dinkins was a four year basketball player in the program at Santaluces.

Coach Dixon shed light on Dinkins progression from high school to college.

“I knew he would play well at that level,” Dixon said. “His game, mixed with his size, is unique for that level.”

The season is still early, however, and Dinkins has already started a few games and made a real contribution in Santa Fe’s victories this season. Dinkins has a real chance to start the remainder of the season and continue to dominate opposing teams.

“It is definitely tough,” Dinkins said. “It is a lot more physical than high school, but I am going to continue to progress and get better.”

As Dinkins continues to rise at Santa Fe, the interest will pile on from top tier teams in the nation. Dinkins represents that hard work pays off.