The positive news continues for the Duquesne basketball program as they get the biggest commitment since Keith Dambrot took over as head coach.
Tonight, in a dramatic Twitter video announcement, 2017 power forward Tydus Verhoeven gave a verbal commitment to the Dukes.
— Tydus J. Verhoeven (@TydusJ) April 21, 2017
Verhoeven, a 6-foot-8 forward from Manteca, California, made an official visit to Pittsburgh this past weekend and made his decision today.
“First off, Coach Dambrot and I have a good connection already. The school is great and in a beautiful part of the city. Also, the city of Pittsburgh is amazing and I know it’s the right fit, so why wait,” said Verhoeven.
“When Coach first got the job he contacted me. He’s a players coach and really cares about his players and pushes them to be the best they can and that’s the type of coach I need to play for.”
Scout rates Verhoeven as a 3-star prospect with offers from Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Nevada and San Francisco.
As I mentioned, Verhoeven is from California and I asked him about the adjustment moving from the West to the East coast.
“It’s going to be an adjustment going coast to coast but with the national AAU circuit I’ve played on the East coast before and am looking forward to breaking the stereotype that California kids don’t make it on the East coast. The city of Pittsburgh is just beautiful to me and the mentality of the city is great for me,” said Verhoeven.
This news comes two days after the Dukes got a commitment from forward Nicholas Kratholm (6-foot-8, 190 pounds) from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) and a recent commitment from Michigan guard Eric Williams.