PREVIEW: Chatham at @DuqMBB
Oct. 31, 2017
Net proceeds from Wednesday night’s exhibition game will benefit the United Way’s hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Admission - which will be cash only - is a minimum of $5 for adults and $1 for children and current Duquesne students. Tickets will be available the day of the game at the Gate B entrance to the Palumbo Center, beginning one hour prior to tipoff. All seating is general admission. Fans will be admitted through Gate B (located at the top of Magee Street) only. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Free parking will be available in the Forbes Avenue garage.
• Duquesne is in its first season under Keith Dambrot, who was introduced as the program’s 17th head coach on March 30. Dambrot, whose father, Sid, played for three Top 10 (AP) Duquesne teams in the early 1950’s, spent the past 13 seasons at Akron, where he led the Zips to a 305-139 record (23.5 wins per season) including 10 postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 5 NIT, 1 CBI & 1 CIT).
• Duquesne returns two starters in 6-1 So. G Mike Lewis II (14.1, 2.3, 63 3-pointers) and 6-2 Jr. G Tarin Smith (8.6, 3.5) from last year’s 10-22 team. Lewis II, a member of the 2016-17 Atlantic10 All-Rookie Team, was named 2017-18 third team preseason All A-10 by the league’s coaches and media.
• DU’s other returnees include: 6-2 Gr. G Rene Castro-Caneddy (7.1, 1.5 in 29 g.), 6-6, Sr., F Eric James (2.3, 2.2 in 27 g.) and 6-8 Gr. C Jordan Robinson (3.7, 2.9 in 18 g.). Six-five So., F Kellon Taylor (1.2, 0.5 in 12 g.), who doubles as a receiver for DU’s FCS football team, will join the team following the season. Caleb Davis and Zach Snyder are also back.
• Dambrot added a four-man, April/May-assembled recruiting class consisting of 6-8 Fr. F Nicholas Kratholm (Louisville, Ky.), 6-9 Jr. F Marko Krivacevic (Szombathely, Hungary/Miami Dade College), 6-8 Fr. F Tydus Verhoeven (Manteca, Calif.) and 6-5 Fr. G Eric Williams Jr. (New Haven, Mich.). That class was supplemented by the addition of 6-8, 235-pound grad transfer Chas Brown. Brown averaged 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds last season in earning team MVP honors at Coppin State.
• Chatham, a member of the Division III Presidents Athletic Conference, is in its fourth season under head coach Andrew Garcia. Garcia, who was named the first head coach in program history in August of 2014, spent a year assembling a team before the Cougars took the court for the first time in November of 2015. Chatham finished 5-21 (4-14 in the PAC) in 2015-16 and improved to 10-16 (5-12 in the PAC) last year. Three Cougars averaged in double figures last season: 6-3 Pittsburgh Central Catholic grad Alex Schoppen (12.0 ppg.), 6-0 Detroit native Isaiah Brown (11.5 ppg.) and 6-1 Montour High School product Josh Randall (10.3 ppg.).