Dukes Depart for Canada on Thursday
Aug. 9, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Head coach Ron Everhart and the 2011-12 men's basketball team are nearing the end of 10 days of practice in preparation for the team's four-game exhibition trip to Toronto. The team will leave Thursday to play games on August 12-15 against a pair of Canadian all-star teams.
All four games will be broadcast over the web by the Duquesne radio crew of Ray Goss and Jarrett Durham. The broadcasts may be accessed through GoDuquesne. com or RedZoneMedia.com.
"Our practices have been very competitive and very spirited," said Everhart, who took Duquesne on the first foreign tour in school history to Toronto in the fall of 2007. "I think our players took the summer seriously and came in ready to compete. Our veterans all reported in much better shape and - to a man - I think every person on the roster is much-improved as a player."
"Danny and P.J. have adjusted extremely well," said Everhart. "I'm very pleased with their progress."
The Dukes will face Phase 1 Elite on August 12 & 13 and A-Game Hoops on August 14 & 15. All four games will be played at Seneca College's Newnham Sports Centre.
"We aren't going to get into scouting reports or do very much in regard to scouting," said Everhart. "I kind of want to coach the game and see how our players react to what happens on the court. I really think the practices we were able to have in Pittsburgh, combined with some quality competition will really help this team develop."
The team began two-a-day practices on August 1 in preparation for the trip. NCAA rules allow for 10 days of practice prior to a foreign tour. Foreign tours are permitted every four years.
Duquesne's opponent on August 14 & 15, A Game Hoops, was defeated by Murray State 78-60 on Monday. A Game Hoops will face Oakland on Saturday before facing DU in back-to-back games.
The team will return to Pittsburgh on August 16.
DUQUESNE CANADIAN TOUR SCHEDULE