@DuqMBB Adds Four Transfers
May 1, 2017
Tavian Dunn-Martin HS Highlights | Michael Hughes HS Highlights
Craig Randall at Memphis | Marcus Weathers HS Highlights (#5 in video)
PITTSBURGH – Duquesne University head men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot announced that transfers Tavian Dunn-Martin (Huntington, W.Va./Akron), Michael Hughes (Liberty, Mo./Akron), Craig Randall II (Youngstown, Ohio/Memphis) and Marcus Weathers (Overland Park, Kan./Miami, Ohio) have signed a financial aid agreements and will be part of the men’s basketball program this fall.
All four will sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer guidelines. Dunn-Martin and Hughes, who played last season at Akron, and Weathers, who was at Miami, Ohio in 2016-17, will have three years of eligibility remaining. Randall II, who played two seasons at Memphis, will be eligible as a junior in 2018-19.
“We are looking to build our roster long term,” said Dambrot. “We want to win in the short term, but we have to make sure we only have to fix this one time, which is why we made a conscious decision to go with nine scholarship players this year - with the other four spots going to transfers. We feel we have four good players sitting, which will give us a major influx for that second year.”
Dunn-Martin, who led Huntington (W.Va.) High School to a pair of Class AAA state championships, was one of five players to see action in all 36 games for Akron last season. The 5-8 guard averaged 4.0 points and 1.1 assists in 10.6 minutes per game. Dunn-Martin averaged 21.6 points per game in earning the Bill Evans Award as a high school senior. The award is presented annually to the best player in the state by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
“Tavian played in three state championship games and won two of them,” said Dambrot. “He broke Patrick Patterson’s (Toronto Raptors) school scoring record at Huntington. His dad played at Marshall, so he comes from a basketball family. Tavian was a very under-recruited guy because of his size. Had we been able to play him more at Akron, he’d have been a surefire 10 or 12 point-scorer. We just had experienced guards, so he kind of waited his turn last year. We feel he can be a good scorer in the Atlantic 10. He’s a very good ballhandler, plus he’s a winner. He’s just a winning guy.”
Hughes, a 6-9, 265-pound center, saw action in 20 games as a backup to MAC Player of the Year Isaiah Johnson at Akron last season. A native of Liberty, Mo., Hughes set Liberty North High School career records for rebounds (979), blocks (349) and field goal percentage (64.9 percent). A 1,209-point scorer, Hughes was the first player in program history named as a finalist for the DiRenna Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding high school basketball player in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He was named - along with Duquesne sophomore guard Mike Lewis II - to the 20-man 2016 Class 5A all-state team by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
“Mike was in line to be our next post guy at Akron,” said Dambrot. “He was playing behind the player of the year in our league (Isaiah Johnson), before being injured and missing five or six weeks. Mike has a huge body and a good energy level. He plays with a lot of emotion and is the kind of guy we feel we can build around down low.”
The 6-4 Randall II, who was named the No. 1 high school player in the state of Arizona by ESPN.com following his senior year at Shadow Mountain High School, averaged 5.2 points in 18.1 minutes per game as a sophomore at Memphis. The Youngstown, Ohio native, who was one of five players to see action in all 32 of the Tigers’ games last season, played in 56 games in his two years at Memphis.
“Craig is a guy we knew from his high school career in Ohio,” said Dambrot. “He was a high-major recruit out of high school. We know his family well. He comes from great bloodlines. He’s a big guard with high-level talent that can be an impact scorer in the Atlantic 10.”
Weathers, who hails from Overland Park, Kan., was one of four players to see action in all of Miami’s 32 games last season. The 6-5 forward, who started eight-straight games in late January, averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Weathers, who scored in double-digits 15 times while shooting 51.3 percent from the field, posted a pair of double-doubles in 2016-17.
“Marcus is a big, strong guy who - if you look at his statistics - you’ll see he played his best games against the best teams in the MAC last season,” said Dambrot. “He’s a tough kid who was also a state champion he school. He just brings another winning mentality.”
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