Not only did the Duquesne Dukes land a physically big player over the weekend, they also got a commitment from a player who could turn out to be a big recruit for the future of the program.
Dylan Swingle (6-foot-11, 305 pounds) made the trip to Pittsburgh and decided he’d seen and heard enough to want to make a commitment to Keith Dambrot and Duquesne.
Swingle was a 247 Sports 3-star recruit and in the end decided on Duquesne over an offer from West Virginia. The Ohio center tells me that he was talking to Pitt and believed an offer was on the way.
Swingle averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game last season. The 4-year starter has a chance to be the county’s all-time leading scorer.
To get a better take on the type of player Duquesne is getting, PSN talked with Swingle’s high school coach Dave Shoemaker.
“I’ve coached for 33 years and I’ve never had a big man with a soft shooting touch like Dylan’s,” said Shoemaker. “He can shoot with both hands and has range beyond the 3-point line.”
“He has great hands and feet, and at 6-11, 305 he is both agile and strong. The kid’s upside is limitless. In addition, Duquesne is getting a player of high moral character and amazing work ethic.”
“He chose Duquesne mainly because of Coach Dambrot and his staff. Coach D has a great track record of developing players, especially big men, and Dylan will fit his system perfectly. Coach D has a staff of caring, knowledge coaches that are like a family,” said Shoemaker.
“Once we made the visit and saw the beautiful campus and amazing city, it was an easy decision.”