Aug. 20, 2009
The Duquesne men's basketball team, which loses just one starter from last year's 21-13 NIT team, has been picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference by ESPN.com as part of ESPN's Summer ShootAround series.
Some excerpts of note:
"Losing leading scorer Aaron Jackson hurts, but everyone else is back from a team that advanced to the A-10 finals and is coming off its most wins since 1971. Mix in some size in the form of Morakinyo Williams, a 7-foot transfer from Kentucky, and Duquesne should finish in the top half of the league."
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• No.5 Duquesne: "The Dukes must replace maybe the most important player in the league a year ago in Aaron Jackson, a great leader on and off the court. But every other key player for coach Ron Everhart is back. Eric Evans and Melquan Bolding could be rising stars in the backcourt for the next three years. Once a laughingstock, Duquesne is a serious dark-horse candidate for the league title."
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• Melquan Bolding, Duquesne: "A promising recruit who originally committed to Louisville, Bolding more than delivered for the Dukes last season. An all-freshman selection who averaged 10 points per game, he helped 21-win Duquesne officially right the ship after the tragic on-campus shooting of a few years back. Expect more of the same from Bolding this season."
• Pittsburgh at Duquesne, Dec. 2:
"The Dukes return a lot; the Panthers lose a lot. If Duquesne could beat its inner-city rival, it would give Ron Everhart's
squad a gigantic boost."
Check out the link below to get ESPN.com's complete take on the 2009-10 Atlantic 10 men's basketball season.
ESPN.com Atlantic 10 Preview.