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Basketball Recruiting » Bronny??? » Yesterday 11:25 am

levon1975
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Bronny to Duquesne isn't happening, so let's not get carried away.  I don't think KD would want to leverage a friendship to bring this about.  It would be a "big ask" to try and ask Lebron to intervene based on their history.  Now if KD was coaching at UCLA, it would be a natural process to have Lebron's old friend coach Bronny.  He is looking at UCLA, USC, Oregon and OSU.  Lebron is with Nike, so it will most likely be a Nike school and Oregon is the original Nike school. I know Duquesne is a Nike school too,  but not in the same arena as these guys.  

The sideshow is interesting in that if you read some of the scouting reports on Bronny, he has some good qualities but is not as big or powerful as Lebron, so he may end up as a combo guard.  His shot is still a "work in progress", but he is said to have great court presence and instincts for the game (no surprise).  If he was another guy not named James, he might be a 4-star; but not one of the top players in the nation at this point; but his value is so great because of the buzz; and top players that will follow him to the program he selects.  

Men's Basketball » Kevin Easley - Miami Pro Am » 8/02/2022 1:03 pm

levon1975
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Right,
His mid-range shots were fine last year, but just flattened out too much when he stepped out behind the arc.  Probably can be fixed with corrected form.

Men's Basketball » Kevin Easley - Miami Pro Am » 8/01/2022 3:54 pm

levon1975
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Good Luck to Kevin, I hope he shows well in the league. 

Men's Basketball » Baker To San Diego State » 7/20/2022 11:08 am

levon1975
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So possibly some conclusions can be drawn from Baker's departure from Duquesne after one year and his academic failure at SD State. SD State is a very good mid-major program NCAA Tourney team with a successful veteran coach who was apparently unable to motivate Baker in the classroom.  He was a major contributor off-the-bench at SD State, as I recall voted 6th man of the year in the conference.  Was Duquesne being kind in not announcing the reason for the transfer?  I recall that K.D. dropped a few hints that Chad's departure from Duquesne was not exclusively his choice. 
So now he steps back to a JC program in year three, and I assume aiming for another shot for his final year or two at a D-1 school or schools.  He might actually be able to play at 5-different institutions of higher learning in one career? I think he will meet the definition of a "basketball vagabond". 

Men's Basketball » A10 Power Rankings Per Rothstein » 7/05/2022 9:47 am

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I agree that Rothstein picking the Dukes last again is probably justified based upon last year's debacle and the fact that the roster is largely an unknown entity at this point.  The challenge of "rebooting" a roster failed last year; so I'll need to be convinced by game results before I buy-in to this team's chances of success.  The Dukes indeed have more experienced players who have had some degree of success at the D-1 level, but will they be good enough to win A-10 conference games against other teams with experience and talent?  The 4 and 5 positions seem to have been bolstered by more size and a blend of freshmen Barre and Dixon along with experience in Reece and Gunn to go with returning Tre Williams and Kevin Easley.  From the start I questioned last year's roster due to its lack of size and depth at the 4 and 5 spots and its inexperience at the vital guard positions.  I think this roster is better suited to compete; but will they work together as a team with a common goal; or play for individual stats? This is a defining season that could determine if Coach Dambrot continues at Duquesne, or follows the long list of coaches who have failed to restore dignity to the once-powerful program.  

Men's Basketball » PSN ARTCLE - Q & A WITH KEITH DAMBROT » 6/03/2022 7:00 am

levon1975
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Yes, not much in terms of news; but no claims made in regard to success or quality of players.  I guess he’ll know more after a month or so in the gym with the new team.

Men's Basketball » NBA & Easley updates? » 6/01/2022 2:25 pm

levon1975
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He was hard on the front rim; but mainly with his 3-pt attempts.  He has a nice mid-range jumper and the size to get that shot from the paint or foul-line extended. He puts it up softly with good arc.   His shot looks totally different when he moves beyond the arc.  It "flattens out" quite a bit into a line drive, low arc shot; very low margin for error with that trajectory.  He needs to live in that mid-range area, or do some major alteration to his 3-point shot. 

Men's Basketball » NBA & Easley updates? » 5/29/2022 2:41 pm

levon1975
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SkepticAl wrote:

Mike Ignelsi wrote:

Tre doesn’t have midrange game, let alone 3 point. If he has or develops such an offensive game, then he would be a terrific 4. One can hope. Any comparisons to Wes Unseld leave the realm of reality. Aside: didn’t Duquesne recruit an Unseld relative, who was a terrific JC player? He stayed for a cup of coffee.

Mike:  You are correct --  Unseld AVERAGED 20 points 19 rebounds PER GAME in His College CAREER at Louisville!!!!
 

Yea, but Unseld was only 6’6”; not 6’7”; he was an all-time NBA great, and the best outlet passer in history; but yea, if he had only been 6’7”!  Nobody is comparing Tre to Unseld of course; but Tre’s height doesn’t bother me.  He needs to shoot a better percentage at the line and finish at a higher percentage when he gets to the hoop.  Many times last year he beat his man with nice post moves then missed the shot from point-blank range.  Take care of those two things and Tre will be fine.  Trust me on this!

Men's Basketball » NBA & Easley updates? » 5/28/2022 7:19 am

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El Presidente wrote:

Let me answer the last question first. I was quite happy with Mike Hughes at center when he had his emotions under control. Very talented and athletic IMO. To this point I can't compare the two except to say that Hughes was the superior athletically and a bit taller as well though still a bit undersized at the 5. If Tre was 2 or 3 inches taller, I would like him much better. I never ever questioned Tre's effort only his size at center. What the hell are you reading? I'll say it again. I want to see a legitimate 6-9 or taller player at the 5. This isn't even a knock at Tre. He's TOO SMALL to play center in the A-10 IMO. That's what's great about this board. Everyone is entitled to his opinion, even me! Would love to see Tre prove me wrong but I'm not holding my breath. There were many reasons that this team performed poorly last season and I never once blamed everything on Tre. Almost everything about the team sucked last year so pretty hard to single out one player including Tre. Is there something wrong about recruiting  a legitimate sized center here at Duquesne? Don't know what else I can say in a response. Wasn't going to mention Tre's ineptitude as a 3 point shooter but there I just did. The less said about that the better.

Looks like the Warriors are doing OK in the NBA Playoffs with an undersized 6’7” center!  Once the ball is tossed up to start the game nobody cares whether a guy is 6’7” or 6’9”.  It’s all in your head.

Men's Basketball » Jackie Johnson III Hits Transfer Portal » 5/19/2022 3:37 pm

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In my opinion, Jackie did have a few "fatal flaws" in his game that disrupted plans to have he and Primo share the PG position and perhaps allow them to also get some time at the 2.  One, he was unable to perform the most basic requirement of a PG; that being to bring the ball into the frontcourt and set up the offense.  He was being challenged at half-court and losing the ball far too often.  It became impossible to play him at the point; and at 5'9" he was a very small two-guard.  Secondly, he couldn't guard anyone, at the one or the two.  For a guy that is really quick to the hoop on offense, he really struggled all year trying to stay in front of his man on defense; putting the team in a "help" situation far too often.  

Men's Basketball » NBA & Easley updates? » 5/19/2022 9:27 am

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i suspect that Kevin is hoping to get a professional contract to play overseas. The NBA only drafts two rounds and I don't see him getting drafted.  Unless he gets an invitation to play in the NBA Summer League and has a great showing; his best shot is a foreign deal.  

Men's Basketball » Eric Williams, Jr » 5/15/2022 10:26 am

levon1975
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Yes,
There were times when they wouldn’t even swing the ball to his wing.  When he did get a chance for a three, it looked like he was afraid to take the shot.  It’s an interesting contrast in how he was viewed by the coaches at Duquesne vs. Oregon.

Men's Basketball » Eric Williams, Jr » 5/15/2022 6:00 am

levon1975
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He probably wanted to play where he could get more shots than at Oregon.  He was never a primary scoring threat in the half-court offense with the Ducks.

Basketball Recruiting » Dukes in Final 5 for Thiero » 5/07/2022 3:57 pm

levon1975
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He won’t start for any of the programs; or produce immediately.  He would need some time; and may still grow; so don’t except the kid to walk in and play.
Let’s not blow this situation out of proportion.  It’s nice that he listed Duquesne in his final 5; but he’ll probably turn up 2-3 years down the road; might be 6’7” and playing for none of these five teams!

Basketball Recruiting » Dukes in Final 5 for Thiero » 5/07/2022 3:49 pm

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SkepticAl wrote:

townsonkid wrote:

Easley is gone baby gone.   We are at 13 without him.

Calipari, classless as always.

It's NOT OFTEN that there is a situation where there is a player I "Would Like Sean Miller to Get"  THIS is one case I wouldn't mind seeing it happen ---  IF only to see the reaction coming out of Kentucky and/or Calipari.

Know Maryland seems out of the picture --  Heck would even be nice to see Thiero GO THERE!!!!
 

It’s not like he is a 5-star player; seriously; just not even important for Kentucky.

Men's Basketball » Tyson Acuff.... » 5/07/2022 10:00 am

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Styles1229 wrote:

levon1975 wrote:

I wouldn’t overreact to the transfers to this point. Tyson has some shooting ability but other than knocking down the occasional three; just didn’t bring that much to the table. He often seemed lost on the floor on defense, never seemed comfortable.

Tyson was one of the best defenders on the team and shot one of if not the best 3 percentage on the team.  It was only occasional because Dambrot didn't play him much.  Tyson was no star but his loss means he will be replaced by another player that does not know the defensive system and we've all seen how long it takes these guys to learn it.  You need guys like Tyson to stay in the program to, at the very least, provide stability.  It seems we've reached the point where, if a guy is not a star in his first 10-20 games of his college career the consensus is to replace him.  Tyson still has 3 years of eligibility!?! The best teams have guys sticking around and it pays dividends when they are juniors or seniors.  Look at Richmond, St Bonaventure etc.  
 

I don’t know what team you were watching; but outside of Tre Williams; I wouldn’t say anyone else including Acuff could be considered “good” defensively.

Basketball Recruiting » Dukes in Final 5 for Thiero » 5/07/2022 7:02 am

levon1975
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Right,
I don’t think we need another guard this year; but an experienced “5” would balance the roster.  As we saw last year; playing small can be tough.

Men's Basketball » 6 Questions with no answers?? Inquiring minds want to know… » 5/06/2022 3:48 pm

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KenOTR73 wrote:

FAM wrote:

Any thoughts on 2, 3, 5, and 6?
 

FAM, for question #3. I'm convinced that Dambrot may have pulled a Danny Nee on us. Good ease into retirement job. Work hard the first few years to land a nice contract then it's so long...As for #2, recall that we lost Isaiha Mike, arguably the best player here in the last ten years except Mitchell after his freshman year. And he had to sit out a year back then. Was a two year starter at SMU and posted solid FG%, 3-Point% and FT%. I subscribe to the player-coach relationship....
 

Isaiah Mike was a Jim Ferry recruit, not a Dambrot recruit; so when Jim was fired, Isaiah  wasn't sticking around to take a chance on a new Coaching staff.  I don't think Dambrot ever had a chance with Mike.  His plans were already in place to go to SMU; so chalk that one up to firing a coach and losing his returning players.  Assuming that Ferry was allowed to return for another year at Duquesne, he had Isaiah Mike, and Mike Lewis returning after good freshman seasons and three commitments from players who turned into successful D-1 players at other schools.  Of course we know about the Jamari Wheeler, who became a starter at Penn State, and one of the best defensive guards in the Big10.  He also did a grad transfer year at Ohio St after Jim Ferry didn't get the permanent HC job at PSU.  Darius Banks was another commit, that went on to have a good career at James Madison, and then played in the NCAA Tournament last year for Chattanooga.  I don't recall the third commit in that group, but he also played at the D-1 level.  This group would have given Duquesne a pretty athletic and promising nucleus heading into the next season.
 
Lewis was a very strange story, in that he stuck around after Ferry was let go; only to have a pretty rough time  the next season with Dambrot.  He obviously never felt comfortable in the Dambrot system and ended up moving on the next season, but had to sit-out a year,  got

Basketball Recruiting » Dukes in Final 5 for Thiero » 5/06/2022 12:32 pm

levon1975
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Right, but it keeps us on the edge of our seats; makes things more interesting. 
I think there is still some flex in the roster with Easley and Rotroff still unsettled.

Basketball Recruiting » Dukes in Final 5 for Thiero » 5/06/2022 7:05 am

levon1975
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I see your point; but is the roster ever again going to be “set” in May?

Men's Basketball » Tyson Acuff.... » 5/05/2022 10:50 am

levon1975
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His minutes here would have been few.

Men's Basketball » Duquesne hires Dru Joyce III » 5/02/2022 3:54 pm

levon1975
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How did Dru become separated from Cleveland St, Basketball? I didn't see any mention in the PSN article. 

Anyway it seems like a great hire for Duquesne.  Great to have a fairly young guy with lots of pro experience and especially point guard experience at the pro level.  I think our guards will be very pleased with this hire.  Having recruiting experience and ties can also be a big plus.  Hopefully Dru can form relationships with players and help them improve their game and also improve the team outcome.  I think  a key to player retention in this crazy portal era, is for the players to see that they are getting better under the coaching staff at a particular school.  
Congrats to Coach Joyce on his new job at Duquesne!

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