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Inside The Dukes: Has Duquesne Lastly Earned Respect?



Whether or not it wishes to channel Aretha Franklin or Rodney Dangerfield, the Duquesne Males’s Basketball Crew has not garnered the quantity of respect it feels that it deserves.

Duquesne will proceed to show some heads with a 76-62 victory over Saint Joseph’s because the workforce picked final within the Atlantic 10 Convention is one recreation behind a three-way tie for second place and a double bye which might include it.

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The workforce’s head coach, Keith Dambrot could not want the quantity of motivation that his gamers do, however he actually was prepared to permit himself to be irritated.

“If someone else had that type of yr I don’t know if they might have picked them final,” he mentioned. “Folks in all probability thought I stunk, or I misplaced it. I can’t coach anymore. All that did was reinvigorate me into working like I did once I was 25. The primary motive you win is as a result of you will have fairly good gamers, the workers did an ideal job of bringing in good gamers and folks.”

What Dambrot at the moment has is arguably his most gifted workforce from prime to backside and that was as soon as once more showcased Wednesday night time.

A selfless Duquesne overcame Joe Reece fouling out, Dae Dae Grant and Tre Williams having various levels of foul hassle and David Dixon getting injured and being held to 4 minutes. This doesn’t embody Halil Barre persevering with to be sidelined.

Whereas different groups could battle with these obstacles, Duquesne thrived and largely discovered methods to push and turn into higher.

“There’s a number of groups which have good expertise that don’t win, they refuse to play collectively,” mentioned Dambrot. “(This group) all needs to win, a number of them haven’t gained. If you wish to win and you’ve got cheap capacity, then you will have an opportunity to win.”

Each day in apply, Duquesne toes halfcourt with coaches reminding the gamers that each play, daily could make this workforce championship high quality and assist get the workforce obtain its collective finish targets.

That has began by strengthening a defensive id that was missing within the early phases of this season. The usual is again to the place it was in previous seasons, the place you’ll not be on the court docket if the defensive effort is missing, or complacency turns into constant.

Take Tre Williams for instance.

Dambrot talked about defensively placing Williams within the submit, and ever because the George Mason recreation his defensive recreation has turn into extra of a focus.

It was a problem, and to this point, Williams has handed.

“He mentioned he was going to modify it up,” Williams recalled. “I took pleasure within the matchups I’ve been going in opposition to after which attempting to get stops and assist my teammates get wins. It’s undoubtedly an enormous praise from him realizing the kind of man he’s and the extent he has coached at. I’ve taken pleasure within the defensive finish first.”

It’s clear that Duquesne has determined to go all in and now for the primary time because the 1970-71 season have began February off 4-0.


Whereas Dambrot admitted he was irritated by the above criticism, one factor would doubtlessly irritate him, and that’s if at season’s finish Jimmy Clark III shouldn’t be voted to the Atlantic 10’s All-Defensive Crew.

One current broadcaster, Tim McCormick displayed his listing and Clark’s title was noticeably absent, one thing which was essentially the most constant grievance on-line.

Clark leads the convention together with his 63 steals and with Williams’s play of late, two Dukes could warrant consideration for the glory.

Such a snub has occurred earlier than as Michael Hughes led the A-10 in blocks as soon as and did neither made the common season awards, nor preseason workforce the next season.

“If a man leads the league in steals and is ninth within the nation and 10th in steals per recreation and he’s not on the all-defensive workforce, then there’s one thing improper,” Dambrot mentioned. “I don’t assume he’s a lock simply because we’re Duquesne. I’m going to be mad if he’s not on there, I’ll take that personally. Will we get two? Hell no. Will we get one? 50-50. If a guys within the prime 10 in steals and he’s not on the all-defensive workforce, then I’ve obtained to throw my arms up.”

Clark did have 9 assists, a profession excessive in Wednesday’s recreation as Dambrot has tried to permit for Tevin Brewer to search out more room and create his personal shot.

This shift has solely proven how coachable he has been this season.

“I simply assume Jimmy needs to be a superb participant, he spends a number of time at it,” mentioned Dambrot. “To be a whole participant, it’s a must to make different gamers higher. He has that capacity to get into the lane, now can he persistently make the correct play, which he does extra instances than not. That’s my job to get him to make the correct play each time.”


David Dixon was poised to have a profession recreation as he scored seven factors in slightly below 4 minutes of labor, already at a +11 on the night, earlier than a knee damage ended his night time.

“I believed he was nice, I believed he actually helped us,” Dambrot mentioned. “You’re speaking a few superior athlete, he jogs my memory of a kind of 800-meter runners, he’s so quick-twitched and lean, he’s like a greyhound. He modified the sport when he went in there as a result of he can run and get to the rim.”

Dixon had already had two and-one performs, as he maintained possession of a Clark cross he would have bobbled earlier in season and the second such incidence was when heavy contact on his basket led to the leg damage.

His standing for Saturday night’s contest at Saint Louis is undetermined.

“He’s obtained a foul knee, he landed just a little humorous at this time,” mentioned Dambrot. “I don’t know if there’s one thing improper in there, however we want him, particularly with Chabi out too. It’s a disgrace as a result of he’s beginning to play fairly good.”


Pitt Sees 5 Extra Gamers Switch Following the tip of 2023 Season




Pitt completed the 2023 season with a 24-31 total report and a 10-18 ACC report for No. 12 within the convention. They defeated Notre Dame within the first recreation of ACC Pool Play final Wednesday, however misplaced to Wake Forest the following day, ending their 12 months.

There have been a minimum of 5 gamers who’ve declared their intent to switch following the conclusion of this season and there are possible extra gamers on their approach out as effectively.

Sophomore infielder Tommy Tavarez introduced Monday evening that he would go away the Panthers. Tavarez performed two seasons for the Panthers and served as their beginning shortstop in 42 of the 58 video games he performed in. He spent many of the center of the season beginning at shortstop in 2022 and the preliminary by means of the center a part of the 2023 season there as effectively.

He struggled within the 2023 season each hitting on the plate and fielding at shortstop. He hit .182 and didn’t have a single hit in his final seven video games in 2023 and made 10 errors in 86 complete probabilities. Tavarez additionally suffered an damage that has stored him from enjoying the ultimate month of the season, lacking 20 video games.

First-year infielder Anthony LaSala took on the shortstop position instead of Tavarez and may serve in that position for subsequent season.

Tavarez completed his two seasons with the Panthers with a. .217 batting common, 36 hits, 10 doubles and 4 residence runs on the plate, whereas making 44 putouts, 104 assists, 15 errors and holding a .908 fielding share at shortstop. He has two extra years of eligibility.

Junior left-handed pitcher Zack Oswald introduced his resolution to switch Tuesday morning after only one season at Pitt. He transferred in from Hartford Group School and served as a reduction pitcher in 2023.

He made seven appearances out of the bullpen final season, pitching 5.1 innings, making 5 strikeouts, whereas permitting 12 walks, six hits, six earned runs, one residence run for a ten.13 ERA. Oswald has two years left of eligibility.

Three extra first-years introduced their intention to switch from this system, which incorporates left-handed pitcher Sam Falace, right-handed pitcher Ryan Slattery and infielder Drew Ripepi. All gamers may have 4 years of eligibility remaining.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jonathan Bautista additionally introduced his switch on Monday, making it six gamers who’ve left this system following the 2023 season.

Count on to see extra transfers going out and likewise gamers becoming a member of this system within the close to future, as head coach Mike Bell appears to alter this Pitt roster for 2024.

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Incoming Pitt Freshman WR Kenny Johnson Wins Huge 33 Sport MVP




A handful of gifted freshman broad receivers can be becoming a member of the 2023 Pitt soccer group and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr. will want a few them to step as much as play an necessary function within the offense.

A type of younger gamers placed on fairly a present, as he formally completed his highschool profession by taking part within the annual Huge 33 All-Star Sport.

Pitt incoming freshman broad receiver Kenny Johnson (Dallastown Excessive Faculty-York, Pa.) earned Sport MVP honors as Pennsylvania beat Maryland, 31-27.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Johnson completed the sport with 9 catches for 161 yards and a landing. That landing got here with 1:15 left within the recreation and proved to be the game-winning rating for Workforce Pennsylvania.

Johnson can be joined by fellow freshman Zion Fowler (Jersey Metropolis, N.J.), Israel Polk (Bellflower, Calif.) and Lamar Seymore (Miami, Fla.) in Pitt’s 2023 depth chart and can pushing for taking part in time as Pitt wants broad receivers to develop and be counted upon.

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Pitt Lands UMass Decommit Class of 2023 Guard Aaryn Battle




Pitt landed a gifted class of 2023 guard in Aaryn Battle Saturday evening, as she introduced her dedication to this system on her Twitter.

Battle initially dedicated to UMass and in addition signed her Nationwide Letter of Intent (NLI) to this system. She ultimately requested UMass to launch her from her NLI in early Might, a couple of month after former UMass head coach Tory Verdi left and joined in the identical place at Pitt.

Verdi, together with his new employees in assistant coaches Candice Farley, Ty Margenthaler and Lakale Malone, have been placing in work this previous month. They land a gifted guard, who Verdi initially signed at UMass and who will now play a big function in rebuilding this Pitt program.

Battle stands at 5-foot-10 and performed for Camden Catholic Excessive College in Cherry Hill, N.J. She averaged a profession excessive 16.9 factors per recreation as a senior, together with 5.42 rebounds and 4.04 assists per recreation, respectively. Battle completed her highschool profession with 1,218 factors, 446 rebounds, 352 assists and 239 steals in 85 video games, which is nice for a median of 14.3 factors, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a couple of.8 steals per recreation, respectively.

She additionally performed for New Heights NYC for her AAU crew and is a gifted shooter, capable of pull up from anyplace on the ground. Battle additionally excels driving into the paint and utilizing her dimension to attain down low.

Battle arrives because the eleventh participant on Pitt’s roster for the upcoming 2023-24 season and is the third participant incoming within the Class of 2023, together with North Allegheny guard Jasmine Timmerson and ahead Lauren Rust.

Battle is available in at an important time for the Panthers, as Verdi is making an attempt to construct his crew up with simply 4 returning gamers. 9 gamers have left this system this offseason following the dismissal of head coach Lance White and Class of 2023 recruit Hannah Mills-Watson decommitted, making it 10.

Right here is the Pitt Roster listed for the upcoming 2023-24 season and in addition the departures from this system beneath it.

2023-24 Pitt Roster + eligibility 

Junior Mia Simpson: two years (Morton School (JUCO))
Junior Bella Perkins: two years (USC)
Sophomore Marley Washenitz: three years
Sophomore Aislin Malcolm: three years
First-year Aaryn Battle: 4 years (UMass)
First-year Jasmine Timmerson: 4 years

Graduate Jala Jordan: one yr (Seton Corridor)
Senior Gabby Hutcherson: two years
Senior Liatu King: two years
Junior Rapuluchi Ayodele: two years (Jap Florida State/Indian River State (JUCO))
First-year Lauren Rust: 4 years

Pitt Transfers/Decommits 

Graduate Dayshanette Harris: one yr (Clemson)
Graduate Emy Hayford: one yr (Fordham)
Graduate Future Strother: one yr (Niagara)
Senior Sandrine Clesca: two years (Monmouth)
Senior Taisha Exanor: two years (Monmouth)
Sophomore Avery “Ace” Strickland: three years (Tennessee)

Graduate ahead Amber Brown: one yr (St. John’s)
Redshirt senior Cynthia Ezeja: two years (Loyola Marymount)
Junior Maliyah Johnson: two years (Houston)
First-year Hannah Watson: 4 years (Toronto Metropolitan)

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