Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry and his staff know that if they’re going to turn things around they must search the entire country for talent. Recruiting just one area of the country isn’t going to get it done, talent is everyone and it’s their job to spot and recruit it.
With that mindset, Duquesne assistant Danny Lawson spotted a talented player at an AAU tournament in Las Vegas and has been recruiting him ever since.
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That player is Ladarius Brewer, a 3-star forward from Meridian, Mississippi. Aside from Duquesne, Brewer (6-6, 210) also holds offers from Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, Ben Howland and Mississippi State, Murray State, UTEP, Austin Peay and South Alabama.
“I’ve been talking with Duquesne since the end of July and the AAU season in Las Vegas. They’ve been recruiting me pretty hard since then. The coaches say that I’m a top player on their list and the type of player they want,” said Brewer.
Brewer is impressed with what Duquesne University has to offer both on and off the court.
“They offer you a great education there and they have a coaching staff that works and works their players and that’s what I’m looking for.”
“On the court they play a system that everyone likes because you never slow the game down, you just keep going and going,” said Brewer. “I feel that all kids like that, you never slow down and get into a set play unless you have to. That makes the game way more fun.”
Brewer tells me the strength of his game is his shooting. He says that he can hit shots off of a ball screen, off the dribble and from a set shot. As far as areas to work on, Brewer says he needs to improve on his ball handling and needs to get stronger and more physical.
The talented forward also told me something that had the Dukes coaching staff excited. Brewer plans on making an official visit to Duquesne September 22-24.
“I’ve never been to Pittsburgh but I’m looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to meeting everyone face to face because we’ve been talking a lot on the phone and I want to meet each member of the coaching staff.”
So, what are Duquesne’s chances since they’re going up against a few schools from Brewer’s hometown state and other schools in the south? Does Brewer and his family have a preference?
“My dad wants me to go wherever I want to go and my mom might like me to stay a little closer to home. However, I’ve been in Mississippi all my life and I don’t have any plans of staying there forever.”
Well the Duquesne staff will have a chance in a few weeks to try and convince Brewer to make his next home in the city of Pittsburgh.
// Header image: Photo courtesy of Ladarius Brewer