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Men's Basketball » Single Jeopardy - Dukes Big Men - Starts With M » 4/29/2022 10:35 am

DennisC91
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Didn't LeRoy Mabins used to sing the national anthem at Dukes games on occasion? Better singer than basketball player as I recall. My junior or senior year, me and The Duke's sports editor got courtside passes for the Dapper Dan game at the Civic Arena. Got to meet Coach K, who was way more polite and friendly than some of the professional reporters covering the game. But anyway, many of the Dukes players were milling around at courtside during the game. Leroy appeared, white shirt and tie, black dress pants, as was his custom (like Rolf Mayr, I think he was also ticketed for divinity school) and a bunch of autograph-seeking kids surrounded him. We asked one of the kids who got his autograph if he knew who that was. He just shrugged and walked away.

Men's Basketball » St. Bonaventure and the Transfer Portal » 4/29/2022 10:05 am

DennisC91
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Good question. I wondered if Schmidt was leaving after all, but where would he be going at this point? Waiting for our man in Olean, phil95, to weigh in on this development. 

Oh and another factor: NIL deals. There's a kid at Miami threatening to transfer unless he gets a sweeter NIL deal there. Read somewhere the other day that NCAA Division 1 was going to break apart by 2030. Something to look forward to...

Men's Basketball » Hima in Portal » 4/28/2022 6:01 pm

DennisC91
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And while we're on the subject of promising Dukes bigs that went elsewhere to develop, Tydus Verhoeven will finish his college basketball career in the Big 10, at Northwestern.

Men's Basketball » St. Bonaventure and the Transfer Portal » 4/28/2022 5:54 pm

DennisC91
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I knew they had a bunch of reserves in the portal, but then Holmes entered it last week, Welch yesterday, Lofton and Osunniyi today. Jalen Adaway's leaving to turn pro. So they're pretty much turning over their entire roster. They have transfers coming in from St. Peter's, Hartford and Holy Cross, but wow. 

Men's Basketball » Single Jeopardy - Dukes Big Men - Starts With M » 4/28/2022 10:43 am

DennisC91
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I like the M theme, Skeptic Al, but think you should extend it to first names so as to include Martins Abele and everyone's favorite Kentucky transfer, Morakinyo Williams. Didn't Rolf Mayr become a Lutheran minister or something? I had to look up Sandroni's. I knew it as Molly's my freshman year (Loafer's sometime after that), which was Rolf's lone year with the Dukes. His career stats show that he played in 12 games that year, starting one. If memory serves me correctly, that was the home game against Temple late in the season. Temple was No. 1 in the country, 23-1, their lone loss by 1 at UNLV, they had just demolished a good North Carolina team in Chapel Hill four days earlier before avoiding an upset against WVU in Morgantown two nights after that. They beat the Dukes by 40 in Philly earlier in the season. With nothing to lose, Satalin decided to start Rolf against their twin towers of Duane Causwell (7-0) and Ramon Rivas (6-10), neither of whom was their best interior player; that was Tim Perry, who would be the 7th pick in that year's draft. I was home for spring break and missed the game, but don't think it went too well for Rolf. According to the wire story, Temple jumped out to a 30-10 lead, was up 26 by the half, eventually built the lead to 43 in the second half and coasted to a 94-55 win.

And yes, lots of bad to mediocre post players in Dukes history. That's why I cringe a little every time someone on this board suggests we're just a talented big away from A10 title/NCAA tourney bid contention. Tough player to find in general, but even harder when you're Duquesne.

Men's Basketball » Hima in Portal » 4/27/2022 3:33 pm

DennisC91
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Loved his upside, wonder if he'd have stuck around longer and developed if we were still early in the Dambrot Era. But as I've mentioned before, this is a contract year for this coaching staff. They need players who can contribute and make the team better this coming season, not develop on the job. If LA Pratt was told to go to prep school for a developmental year so they could use his scholarship for a plug-and-play transfer, then really no surprise that Hima's moving on. Wish him well, hope he gets to play and develop somewhere else. 

Men's Basketball » A10 Coaching Carousel » 4/26/2022 11:12 am

DennisC91
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There's talk now that Jay Wright may move to the NBA after all. As for Neptune, I think his one year at Fordham, taking a perennial doormat to respectability, was arguably more impressive than the rest of Wright's coaching tree, whose overall performance is kind of underwhelming. Pat Chambers, Baker Dunleavy, Fred Hill, Ashley Howard, Billy Lange. Neptune's younger than all and has more years in Wright's system than any of those. 

Men's Basketball » Recruits » 4/25/2022 10:51 am

DennisC91
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I'd be amazed if Rotroff really wants to put himself through another season of college basketball, but if he does, it should be somewhere else. If he's a good kid to have around then offer him a graduate assistant role or something. 

Basketball Recruiting » Tevin Brewer On Official Visit » 4/22/2022 5:07 pm

DennisC91
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phil95 wrote:

Is anybody perplexed or concerned that thus far there have been no actual signings for next season?

I can only infer from that the roster remains in a state of flux. The spring signing period started last Wednesday. By this time last year, most of the recruiting class was finalized with Easley added in early May. The final recruiting period starts Monday and ends Thursday. So it's put up or shut up time pretty soon. Verbals so far:

LA Pratt
David Dixon
Kareem Rozier
Tre Clark
Matus Hronsky
Halil Barre
Quincy McGriff

Did I miss anyone? Meanwhile, five from last year's roster have transferred out, one is out of eligibility, one has declared for the draft but not hired an agent. And who knows what Gunn and Rotroff's statuses are for next year. 
 

Men's Basketball » Ayers Into the Portal » 4/21/2022 5:25 pm

DennisC91
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I thought I remember reading that Ayers was shut down because of injury, not benched or left the team or anything like that. But I'm not really surprised he's leaving. He clearly had some offensive skills and had some nice performances in the non-conference schedule, but he never seemed too interested in playing defense and frankly seemed a bit overmatched against A10 competition. This is pretty much a contract year for this coaching staff so I don't know why anyone's surprised that the roster is being overhauled again after a 6-24 season and rock-bottom finish in the conference. I know, it makes it really hard to get excited about the program or feel any connection to the team when there are wholesale changes after every season, but clearly there was a major problem with last year's team, whether it was talent, fit with the system (I'm not sure what our system is either), fit with each other or some combination of the three. The new cast of characters coming in sounds somewhat promising and certainly can't be any worse, but I'm pretty sure we'll be picked for somewhere in the 12th-14th place range for next season, so set your expectations appropriately and you won't be disappointed.

Men's Basketball » A10 Coaching Carousel » 4/21/2022 4:57 pm

DennisC91
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You probably know this already, Levon, but Neptune was an assistant at Villanova on Jay Wright's staff for 10 years across two separate stints, including both national championship teams in 2016 and 2018. Then they got the chance to see what he could do as a head coach at Fordham and I guess the results were compelling enough to bring him back as Wright's successor. Tough loss for Fordham, but not as big a loss as Jay Wright's retiring is for college basketball. 

Men's Basketball » Easley to Declare for Draft » 4/12/2022 10:54 pm

DennisC91
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CLK wrote:

While I hope Kevin will come back to Duquesne, if I am not mistaken he will be a graduate student and can transfer without sitting out a year.  Also, I don't think he needs to enter the Portal by May 5th to retain his eligibility to transfer.  He could enter later as a grad student, although I could be wrong. 

He would be a grad student next season, but he did use the one-time transfer exception to go from TCU to Duquesne, after previously transferring the old-fashioned way from Chattanooga to TCU. Because he used the one-time transfer exception, he would need a waiver from the NCAA to transfer again, even as a grad student. At least that's how I understand the new transfer rule. Also, he would still have to meet the May deadline to enter the transfer portal, it's the same for grad transfers as undergraduate transfers. See:

Postgraduate Transfer Eligibility
Q11: What criteria does a student-athlete who has graduated with their baccalaureate degree need to meet to be eligible as postgraduate student at another Division I school?
A11: A student-athlete who graduates with remaining athletics eligibility may be eligible as a full-time postgraduate student at another Division I school provided they meet the one-time exception criteria, including providing a written request to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal to their current school by May 1 if they participate in a fall or winter sport, or July 1 if they participate in a spring sport.

Q12: What if the student-athlete transferred previously from another four-year school as an undergraduate student?
A12: Generally, a student-athlete who has previously transferred from another four-year school would not be able to use the one-time exception as a postgraduate transfer. However, a waiver process exists for postgraduate students with a previous transfer history.

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Transfer/OneTime_Transfer.pdf

Men's Basketball » A10 Coaching Carousel » 4/08/2022 9:28 am

DennisC91
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Wildwood13 wrote:

When we go searching again, it would be nice to have a successful coach that is a Duquesne graduate, that would help to right the ship and groom the future coach with on the job training.

Just out of curiosity, who would that be? Off the top of my head, I can only think of two Duquesne graduates with significant basketball coaching experience. Derrick Alston, '94, who's spent the last three years as head coach of the Knicks' G-league team in Westchester County, NY. Was an assistant there for four years before that and an assistant with the Houston Rockets for three years before that. And Kenya Hunter, '96(?), who was just promoted to associate head coach at Indiana and has 20 years of NCAA assistant coaching experience with stops at UConn, Nebraska, Georgetown, Xavier and Duquesne, plus a basketball admin role at NC State. Is there anyone else? Don't think there'd be anyone of Fran Dunphy's vintage (class of '70), but would have to defer to CLK, KenOTR, etc on that one.

FWIW, I'd be happy to see either of those guys return to Duquesne as head coach, but I'm not sure there's much of a coaching talent pool beyond them. Am I overlooking anyone?
 

Men's Basketball » A10 Coaching Carousel » 4/07/2022 6:39 pm

DennisC91
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He's a good coach, but I thought he retired a few years ago. He's only a year and a half younger than the just-retired Coach K. Seems like a stopgap move until they figure out a longer-term option. I know Ashley Howard wasn't getting it done--his 3-1 record against Duquesne and KD notwithstanding--but still, takes more than four years to build a program at a school like that. 

Men's Basketball » Tyson Acuff.... » 4/04/2022 1:36 pm

DennisC91
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I can't say that Tyson ever stood out to me much for his defense, but I guess that's what happens when your team is statistically, one of the worst defensive teams in all of the NCAA, especially on the perimeter. He was indeed the best 3-pt shooter on the team, though didn't shoot much. He was fifth on the team in three pointers attempted just as he was fifth on the team in minutes per game. He couldn't create his own shot, nor did he have the kind of playmaking guards who could get him good looks. Your point about having continuity is well taken, I still think the biggest reason for this disastrous season was having nothing to show for the first three recruiting classes except a hobbled Austin Rotroff. And with Acuff and Okani gone, there's now nothing to show for the fourth recruiting class except Bekelja and Hima. But as we're going into year 6 of the coach's 7-year contract, I think that horse has left the barn. It's simply too late to wait for kids to develop and grow together as a team. They need more impact players on this roster who can make the team better next year, otherwise, this staff might not be back for the following year. Whether they can find such players is another question.

Men's Basketball » Tyson Acuff.... » 4/04/2022 11:46 am

DennisC91
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So we just went 6-24, finishing dead last in the A10 with one conference win and finishing the season on a 17-game losing streak. We were one of the worst teams in all of college basketball in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense, including a shockingly bad second-worst in 3-PT FG defense. We were in the bottom 10 in assists per game. This season wasn't a fluke, it wasn't a succession of bad breaks, this was just a really inept roster of under-talented players who didn't fit well together. Ultimately, the coaching staff has to take the blame for assembling this roster, but it's hard for me to believe they just forgot how to coach or their whole system became outdated in the space of two years. So I'm afraid I'm not losing any sleep over any of these kids leaving. I wish them well, I hope they can be more successful wherever they end up, but I don't think running it back with the same team, just adding that elusive pass-first floor general and 6-9/6-10 kid who will give you 10 and 8 and lock down the paint every night (and of course, a healthy RJ Gunn) was going to be the answer. Nor do I have much faith in the current staff to find as many missing pieces as they need to turn things around in the space of a year. I mean, there's nowhere to go but up, but I'm pretty sure we'll be the odds-on favorite for 14th place next year regardless of who stays or goes. I'll pass on getting excited about any kid coming in until I see what they can actually do against A10 competition. 

Men's Basketball » Eric Williams, Jr » 4/04/2022 9:22 am

DennisC91
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Tydus Verhoeven has entered the transfer portal as well.

Men's Basketball » Eric Williams, Jr » 4/01/2022 9:35 am

DennisC91
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He may have to apply for a waiver, but I don't think he'd have too much trouble getting immediate eligibility if he wants to play college basketball for another year and there's a school that wants him. While he transferred before, he didn't use the one-time transfer exception before--he sat out a year in between Duquesne and Oregon. And he's a graduate student. At the end of the day, he's in the same situation as Baylee Steele was when he graduate-transferred to Duquesne after previously transferring the old-fashioned way from Eastern Michigan to Utah Valley. I know what the new rule says but it's hard for me to believe the NCAA would make him sit another year. 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Rhode Island Rams (A10 Tourney) » 3/09/2022 6:39 pm

DennisC91
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Didn't get blown out but otherwise a good microcosm of the season. Pretty tough to win in basketball when you A) have no inside game B) are one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country and C) are one of the worst teams in the country at defending the 3. When you look at it that way, losing this game by only 2 points is practically a win. Glad to put this season to bed, but I agree with the other posters, it's going to be an uphill battle just to get this team back to double-digit wins, never mind competitive in the A10. They're just bad in pretty much every facet of the game. 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Rhode Island Rams (A10 Tourney) » 3/09/2022 5:32 pm

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luckymcd wrote:

If you really believe what you’ve been saying I’m sure you could find some unheard of odds on the Dukes to win the tourney.

 +10000, same for LaSalle and GW. So that's what, bet $100 to win $10000? Rhode Island's only +3300

Men's Basketball » What an awesome first year at the Coop » 3/07/2022 6:31 pm

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So the Dukes end up 3-11 at home with two home games cancelled, which likely saved them from a 3-13 home record. As it is, 3-11 ties Southern Miss for the 6th-worst home record in all of college basketball. Only teams worse:

Mississippi Valley State: 0-11
Oregon State: 3-13
Delaware State, IUPUI, Lamar: 2-11

This included bad home losses to teams that were terrible on the road like Fordham (3-9), GW (3-10), LaSalle (2-10) and Bowling Green (3-10). I realize playing in a mostly empty incredibly shrinking gym wouldn't provide much of a homecourt advantage, but the Dukes saved their worst basketball for their home games. Yet another footnote of this miserable season.

Men's Basketball » These PSN articles are pure PR for the Dukes » 2/28/2022 3:10 pm

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z duke wrote:

...how were coaches supposed to sell a program that for years had no dedicated gym? Were they forced to take some chances they didn't want to? Lower skill (impact) or character (retention) than they would have preferred.

Which years are you referring to? This sounds like an argument from the '70s and '80s. From 1988-89 through 2018-19, the Palumbo Center was Duquesne's "dedicated gym". Several upgrades were made to practice, workout and locker room facilities in those years. It was closed for renovations for the 2019-20 season and most of the 2020-21 season. I'm not sure why that would have scuttled recruiting exactly as recruits could see the new facility under construction and see the plans for all the improvements it would include and know that most of their Duquesne careers would be played in this facility. Even Baylee Steele, who would have just one year of eligibility at Duquesne for the homecourt-less 2019-20 season, was not dissuaded from coming to the school by the Palumbo-to-Coop transition. So no, I don't think that's an excuse or explanation for where we are today.

Men's Basketball » PSN Article On Harpers Expectations » 2/27/2022 2:47 pm

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He makes a reference to the success of the 2019-20 season as an indication that they have the right coaching staff, they've done it before, they can get back there again, they just need the right players. Doesn't really have an explanation for why they whiffed so badly on this team except that they didn't get to see the new players in person because of Covid restrictions. No acknowledgement that having only 1 player left in the program from the second and third recruiting classes might have been a problem. He indicates there'll be plenty of good players out there thanks to the transfer portal, the Covid bonus year expanding the pool of good players, they just have to find them and get them to come to Duquesne. If you're thinking we just need a good pass-first point guard then all the pieces fit into place, I think you'll be disappointed. Based on these comments, I'd expect at least half the roster to turn over. 

Men's Basketball » Team has checked out » 2/27/2022 2:01 pm

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Tejas_Duke wrote:

DennisC91 wrote:

that he thought Duquesne would have a better record in such a conference and people would therefore come out to see the Dukes because they were winning rather than packing the Palumbo to see a nationally-ranked A10 team. .

And in that misbegotten year, the Palumbo saw one of its five greatest moments, defeating 18th ranked Xavier in front of a packed, screaming house.  I still remember Pete Gihlen and team trudging off the court to roars of "Over-Rated......Over Rated....." 
 

Two of its five greatest moments as that was also the year the Dukes beat 10th-ranked Florida State at Palumbo. That season also featured a double-digit home win over a Big 10 team (Penn State) and a road win over Notre Dame. And yet they could only go 5-9 in the MCC...

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