Team preview: Duquesne
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
At press time, Duquense was reeling after five of its players were shot at an on-campus party. Transfer Sam Ashalou, shot in the head, was the most seriously wounded. Another transfer, Stuard Baldonado, was shot in the back and is probably lost for the season. Two Division I transfers who won't be eligible this season, Shawn James (Northeastern) and Kojo Mensah (Siena) were treated and released after being shot in the foot and arm/shoulder respectively. Aaron Jackson was treated and released. Police charged two teenagers in the shooting.
With 11 newcomers expected to join the two returning players on the Dukes' roster this winter, there's no way to predict the type of team Ron Everhart will have in his first season since leaving Boston for Pittsburgh.
But entering the season, there's one department Everhart definitely has an edge on his fellow coaches in the Atlantic 10 -- frequent flyer miles per time spent on the job.
Since he left Northeastern and took over at Duquesne in March, Everhart had had to cross the country recruiting those 10 arriving athletes and take all the necessary steps to make sure they could be part of the first step in his rebuilding process.
"It's been quite an experience," Everhart said. "From my standpoint, it's been a real whirlwind."
And along the way, Everhart turned up a potpourri of players.
"We were looking for some versatility -- some guys that can play more than one position," Everhart said. "We were looking for some athleticism to where we could really get to playing our style in terms of getting up and down the floor, and pressing and running and making it an up-tempo game. And defensively being the type of team that could be in passing lanes and effectively pressure the basketball and keep it in front of us. I think that that's what we've got. We got a variety of things."