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LeBron James Praises Duquesne MBB’s Dambrot



There was an outpouring of help for Duquesne Males’s Basketball Coach Keith Dambrot, after his Dukes bested George Mason 75-52 Wednesday night on the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, incomes his five hundredth profession victory within the course of.

Following the victory, Duquesne launched a sequence of movies on its males’s basketball social media account with appearances starting from household, directors and former gamers.

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Duquesne saved its most notable video for final as LeBron James recorded a short 45-second message.

“Coach D, my man,” James mentioned within the video. “Oh my goodness, 500? 500 wins is ridiculous. Man oh man, by no means stop to amaze me. I need to congratulate you on an unbelievable feat and lots of extra wins coming within the close to future. Get pleasure from this second, you deserve it, love you, you’re the very best and it reveals.”

Dambrot coached James all the way in which again at age 13 when he competed in $1 clinics the previous provided on the native Jewish Group Middle.

The pair continued at St. Vincent-St. Mary Excessive College the place the Irish have been state champions and earned nationwide rankings from the USA TODAY.

James most not too long ago handed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for essentially the most all-time factors in NBA historical past. The 2 proceed to have a relationship, with Dambrot sending affiliate head coach Dru Joyce III, one among James’s former highschool teammates to Los Angeles to have fun what ended up changing into an enormous evening.

“Congratulations to you, your loved ones, college, teaching employees, gamers and all people,” mentioned James. “You deserve this one. Honor your self, deal with your self nicely with this one. It’s an unbelievable feat. God bless you and may’t wait to see you once more. Love”


Guillermo Diaz-Graham’s Heroic Block, Defensive Effort Drive Panthers in Riveting Win



DAYTON, Ohio — Pitt’s Guillermo Diaz-Graham had the chance of a lifetime on Tuesday evening, and the younger Spaniard definitely made probably the most of it.

The Panthers have been with out their beginning 5 man Federiko Federiko (knee) and have been going through one of the vital feared bigs within the school recreation in Tolu Smith. Diaz-Graham, weighing simply over 200 kilos, stepped as much as the plate and had the sport of his life in opposition to Smith.

After constructing its result in a game-high six late, Pitt let Mississippi State again into the sport because the Bulldogs finally took a one-point lead with 30 seconds on the clock. With time ticking down, Jamarius Burton — the group’s chief — hit maybe the most important shot of his life.

Burton drained a mid-range jumper with lower than 10 seconds remaining, sending the ball again to the Bulldogs.

It was then that Diaz-Graham’s identify was known as as soon as once more. After a timeout, Mississippi State’s Smith drove to the rack. Certainly he would hit the game-winner and break the hearts of Pitt followers, proper? Fallacious.

The fearless, highly effective large had struggled to interrupt via all evening, however was nonetheless a first-team All-SEC inside presence going up in opposition to the rookie Diaz-Graham. Triumphantly, Diaz-Graham swatted away Smith’s shot on the rim, letting all of his feelings out after the block with simply seconds remaining.

“Simply all of the power popping out of my physique,” Diaz-Graham stated after the sport. “I did a block, I don’t even understand how, with my left hand. I often don’t use my left hand. And I blocked it, and I knew it was an enormous play, so I simply let the power exit. It’s not that good, however I acquired it locked in again to the 2 seconds left, however I simply couldn’t include it inside me.”

After Burton performed hero with 10 seconds to go on the offensive finish, Diaz-Graham stepped up in his second, swatting away the chance of a lifetime for Smith to take his Bulldogs to the Spherical of 64.

Diaz-Graham completed the battle with Smith with three factors, 5 rebounds, and two blocks. Smith, who got here in averaging greater than 15 factors and eight rebounds per recreation, was restricted to 13 factors and eight boards by the rookie.

“Man, I’m exhausted,” Diaz-Graham added. “That was a hell of a battle. He’s a extremely good participant, and he was attempting to assault me each time. After all he’s greater than me. Simply preventing, he’s greater than me however I’m going to battle greater than you. It’s exhausting, however we gained, so it was price it.

“For a freshman to step up on this stage and to play like he did, 5 rebounds, two blocks, his ball display protection on the finish, for the final, I’d say, about eight minutes, we tried to lure each ball display with the 5,” Jeff Capel stated about Diaz-Graham. “And for him to have the ability to do this and get again in there and to battle and to battle, that is probably the most minutes he’s performed all 12 months, and simply actually, actually glad for him.”

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Twitter Response To Pitt’s Dramatic NCAA Match Win Over Mississippi State



Pitt’s first NCAA Match recreation in seven years was a memorable one, and the Panthers confirmed the nation that they have been certainly a match crew.

Regardless of not having their beginning heart resulting from an damage and their first-team All-ACC participant who was in foul hassle for many of the recreation, Pitt hung in there with a troublesome, bodily Mississippi State crew and made all of the clutch performs down the stretch to tug out a 60-59 win.

Pitt’s senior class of Greg Elliott, Nike Sibande, Nelly Cummings and Jamarius Burton have been clutch as Pitt wins their first match recreation since 2013-14.

Subsequent up, Iowa State on Friday!


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Die-Hards: Pitt Storylines to Comply with Offensively Coming into Spring Ball



To not be misplaced within the midst of Pitt’s first NCAA Event sport since 2016, and sure, the play-in sport counts as a event sport, spring ball kicks off early Tuesday morning.

It’s a transition for the second season in a row, however as an alternative of trying to substitute Kenny Pickett, it’s shifting on from Kedon Slovis, Israel Abanikanda, Jared Wayne and a handful of offensive linemen. It’s virtually a recent begin for Frank Cignetti Jr. — virtually.

There are just a few place battles, some newcomers — each freshmen and switch arrivals — trying to make an affect and fairly just a few storylines to observe.

It’s thrilling to be right here on this second, to have all the offseason forward and numerous potentialities on the horizon. Nevertheless it’s additionally an essential section we’re coming into now, so what am I watching?

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