Duquesne Announces 2013-14 Men's Basketball Signees
April 17, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head men's basketball coach Jim Ferry announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent, as well as the addition of a four-year transfer, today.
Freshman guard Desmond Ridenour (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/M.A.C.K. Prep), freshman forward Jordan Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/Quality Education Academy) and junior college transfer Tra'Vaughn White (Kansas City, Kan./Independence CC) join fall signee Isaiah Watkins (Toronto, Ontario/St. Benedict's Prep) to form the 2013-14 recruiting class.
In addition, Ferry announced that 6-2 shooting guard Micah Mason (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands/Drake) - who played at Drake last season - has signed a financial aid agreement and will be part of the men's basketball program this fall.
Mason, the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference as a freshman in 2012-13, will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years of eligibility at Duquesne.
"I'm extremely excited about this year's recruiting class," said Ferry. "We were able to address a lot of needs as well as strengthen the weaknesses that were obvious last season. We were able to add quality ballhandling, scoring, shooting, size and versatility and we were able to do it with good people from great families who have received outstanding coaching.
"This group will help get us much closer to playing the way we want to play."
Ridenour averaged 17.0 ppg. in earning third team all-state honors at Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine High School before spending a post-graduate season at M.A.C.K. Prep Elite Training Academy in Charlotte, N.C. where he averaged 17.0 ppg. this past season. He set a M.A.C.K. Prep single-game scoring record with 40 points against Mont Clare Prep.
"Desmond is an outstanding athlete who can comfortably play multiple guard positions," said Ferry. "He's an outstanding ballhandler, shooter and scorer. His versatility makes him difficult to defend."
The 6-2 Ridenour was listed as the No. 5 post-graduate prospect from the state of Ohio by Triple Double Prospects.
Robinson, named a 3-star recruit by both Scout and ESPN.com, is ranked as the No. 28 power forward in the nation and No. 4 prospect in the state of North Carolina by 247Sports. The 6-8, 235-pound forward averaged 18.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Toronto native brings international experience to the Dukes, having played in both the U17 World Championships and U16 Americas Championships for his native country.
"It's tough to find a guy like Jordan," said Ferry. "He's a big, physical presence who finishes around the basket and is an intense rebounder. He can catch and finish and is really comfortable around the basket. We're excited about what he brings to the program."
White, an explosive scorer, led the nation's junior colleges with a 25.9 ppg. average at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan. in 2012-13. The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Player of the Year scored 30 or more 11 times with a season high of 44 in a 101-87 loss to then 27-1 Coffeyville.
"Tra'Vaughn was a tremendous scorer in junior college," said Ferry. "He has the ability to break people down off the dribble and has a real knack for getting to the foul line. He is equally effective in both the open court as well as in a half court offense. He, like all of our incoming players, has a chance to make a real impact on our program."
The 5-10, 190-pound White broke Earl Watson's (UCLA/Utah Jazz) school scoring record while at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kan. prior to enrolling at Independence.
Mason played in 30 of 32 games with 11 starts as a true freshman at Drake last season, where he averaged 5.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15.6 minutes per game. The western Pennsylvania native was the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference both overall (40-of-79, .506) and in conference games only (24-of-51, .471) (his 1.3 makes per game did not qualify him for an NCAA ranking - min. 2.5 made per game).
"We are extremely excited to have Micah join our program," said Ferry. "Having a local kid who is really excited to be here at Duquesne is a real plus. He is going to absolutely help us fill a need. It's important to note that Micah is not only a great shooter. We like the fact that he can also handle the basketball. We are really looking forward to what Micah can contribute to the program."
Mason was a prolific scorer at nearby Highlands High School where he finished his career with 2,272 points - the 12th-highest total in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League history. He set a WPIAL record with 346 3-pointers and was named Class AAA first team all-state as a junior and senior. The 6-2 guard was the first player in over 30 years to lead the WPIAL in scoring in back-to-back seasons.
The newcomers join the 6-8, 220-pound Watkins, a Toronto native who became the first member of the 2013-14 class in November, and 6-8, 220-pound Ovie Soko (London, England/Bethel HS/UAB), who sat out this past season following his transfer from UAB, to give the Dukes six newcomers for 2013-14.
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL 2013-14 RECRUITING CLASS