April 25, 2017
Nicholas Kratholm in action | Marko Krivacevic in action
Tydus Verhoeven in action | Eric Williams in action
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PITTSBURGH -- Duquesne University head men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot announced that junior college transfer Marko Krivacevic (Szombathely, Hungary/Miami Dade College) along with freshmen Nicholas Kratholm (Louisville, Ky./IMG Academy), Tydus Verhoeven (Manteca, Calif./Manteca) and Eric Williams, Jr. (New Haven, Mich./New Haven) have signed National Letters of Intent and will be part of the 2017-18 roster.
"With this group, we have been able to improve our size and at the same time maintain a pretty high skill level," said Dambrot, who was named Duquesne's head coach on March 28. "We'll have to develop our newcomers physically as well as mentally to prepare them for playing at this level. We feel we signed some talented players who may be a little under the radar. The key for us is developing these guys."
The 6-9 Krivacevic (kree-VATCH-a-vich) averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last year at Miami Dade College. The Szombathely, Hungary native, who has two years of eligibility remaining, hit 24 3-pointers for the Sharks in 2016-17. He has played for both the U18 and U20 Hungarian National Teams.
"Marko is a guy we were made aware of through [Duquesne women's basketball coach] Dan Burt, who has had success in the recruitment of Hungarian players," said Dambrot. "Marko didn't put up big numbers in junior college, but we feel that talent-wise he is pretty much a blank canvas. As a European player who has only been in this country for two years, you almost have to view him as a freshman in many ways. He's a mobile forward with good perimeter skills who we think can help us."
Kratholm comes to Duquesne from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. where he played for former DU assistant coach John Mahoney. The 6-8 forward was second on the IMG team in scoring and rebounding (13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game) to four-star Maryland recruit Bruno Fernando.
"Nicholas is another guy we feel who is just scratching the surface," said Dambrot. "He is very intelligent - he was valedictorian of his high school class - and wants to be a good player. He has good perimeter skills and when you combine that with his knowledge and desire, we think he is the kind of player who can really improve."
The 6-9 Verhoeven (ver-WHO-ven) averaged a double-double (16.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game) at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. The versatile forward posted four triple-doubles and one quadruple-double as a senior.
"Tydus is probably the most acclaimed of the players we've brought in," said Dambrot. "He is very skilled for a player of his size. He is comfortable handling the ball. He's shown in high school that he can pass it as well as score. We've got to get him a little stronger and continue to develop his overall game, but he has a lot of ability. We feel he is a perfect fit for what we do and how we coach. He has a huge upside."
Williams was the leading scorer for Class B Michigan state champion New Haven High School last season. The 6-5 guard averaged 20.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals in helping New Haven become just the second team from Macomb County to win a state title. He had one 50-point game and one 40-point game as a senior.
"Eric is an athletic guy who has grown into 6-foot-5 guard," said Dambrot. "He was a proven scorer in high school, who competed at a little lower level in Michigan, but was a state champion. I don't think the level really matters when you are a good player. We feel Eric has the ability to develop into a quality Atlantic 10 perimeter player."
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL 2017-18 RECRUITING CLASS
||HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL (TRANSFER)
||Louisville, Ky./IMG (Fla.) Academy
||Szombathely, Hungary (Miami Dade College)
|Eric Williams, Jr.
||New Haven, Mich./New Haven
PRONUNCIATIONS: Marko Krivacevic (kree-VATCH-a-vich), Szombathely, Hungary (SUM-ba-tay) and Tydus Verhoeven (ver-WHO-ven), Manteca, Calif. (man-TEE-ca)