Dukes Add Men's Basketball Signee
Lewis played two seasons at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Ky. before moving on to IMG Academy.

April 26, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head men's basketball coach Jim Ferry announced that 6-11, 240-pound Darius Lewis (Lexington, Ky./IMG Academy) has signed a National Letter of Intent, making him the fifth member of the 2013-14 recruiting class.

Lewis, a native of Lexington, Ky., spent his past two seasons at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He averaged 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in 2012-13. Lewis has dropped nearly 60 pounds since leaving Tates Creek High School for IMG prior to the 2011-12 season.

"I'm really excited to have Darius as part of the Duquesne program," said Ferry. "He is another great kid - and outstanding student - who comes from a great family. Darius is a true big man who I see having a bright future in our program. He has tremendous potential and a great upside. He has worked very hard to get to where he is now, and I expect him to continue to work to become the kind of true center who can have a presence in the Atlantic 10."

Lewis joins freshman guard Desmond Ridenour (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/M.A.C.K. Prep), freshman forward Jordan Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/Quality Education Academy), freshman forward Isaiah Watkins (Toronto, Ontario/St. Benedict's Prep) and junior college transfer guard Tra'Vaughn White (Kansas City, Kan./Independence CC) to form the 2013-14 recruiting class.

Transfer shooting guard Micah Mason (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands/Drake), will also be part of the men's basketball program this fall. Mason, who played at Drake last season, will sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules. He will be able to practice with the team.

The newcomers join 6-8, 220-pound Ovie Soko (London, England/Bethel HS/UAB), who sat out last season following his transfer from UAB, to give the Dukes seven new roster members for 2013-14.


NAME POS HT WT CL PPG RPG HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL (TRANSFER) Darius Lewis C 6-11 240 Fr. 13.0 10.0 Lexington, Ky./IMG (Fla.) Academy Desmond Ridenour G 6-2 180 Fr. 17.0 3.0 Cleveland Heights, Ohio/M.A.C.K. (N.C.) Prep Jordan Robinson F 6-8 235 Fr. 18.0 14.0 Toronto, Ontario/Quality Education (N.C.) Academy Isaiah Watkins F 6-8 220 Fr. 8.0 8.7 Toronto, Ontario/St. Benedict's (N.J.) Prep Tra'Vaughn White G 5-10 190 Jr. 25.9 5.5 Kansas City, Kan./Washington HS (Independence CC)

INCOMING TRANSFER ELIGIBLE IN 2014-15 Micah Mason+ G 6-2 175 So. *5.4 *1.2 Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands HS (Drake)

+ - Mason will sit out the 2013-14 season following his transfer from Drake and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining; * - stats listed from Drake in 2012-13

PREVIOUS TRANSFER ELIGIBLE IN 2013-14 Ovie Soko+ F 6-8 220 Sr. *8.3 *6.8 London, England/Bethel (Va.) HS (UAB)

+ - Soko will be eligible in 2013-14 after sitting out last season following his transfer from UAB (practiced with the team last year) * - stats listed from UAB in 2011-12

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Desmond Ridenour RIDE-en-ow-er Tra'Vaughn White TRAY-von Ovie Soko O-vee SO-ko




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