Former Southmoreland forward Brandon Stone is a player that the Duquesne basketball program has had their eyes on for the last couple of seasons.
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Last year, Jim Ferry offered him a scholarship and now Keith Dambrot and his staff have continued recruiting the talented big man.
As Pittsburgh Sports Now previously reported, Stone (6-foot-10, 195 pounds) made a visit to Duquesne on Sunday and met the new coaching staff for the first time.
“I’ve been to Duquesne a ton over the last couple of years and visited when Coach Ferry was there. My cousin is actually a starting linebacker on the football team. I’ve been there for games and also just to hang out,” said Stone.
“This weekend, we toured the campus again and got to meet all of the coaches. I really got to talk to them and hear what their plans of for the future. They told me about some of the players they have coming in and about the players that are returning.”
Since this was his first time meeting this Duquesne staff, was there any different vibe or message that he heard or different feeling about the Dukes program?
“You can tell Coach Dambrot is a fun-loving guy that’s very energetic and likes to joke around. From everything I heard and know, Coach Dambrot is a winner and he’s going to bring in guys that want to compete, that want to get better and that will help the program.”
“It’s pretty early in my recruitment but I have a lot of interest in Duquesne. It’s close to home, plus my family would be able to watch me play, I’d be able to go home and visit when I don’t have practice. Duquesne would be nice for me just because of the family aspect,” said Stone.
Stone isn’t in a hurry to make a decision because when he transferred to Christ School in Arden North Carolina, he also re-classified to the Class of 2019. That means Stone will have two more years to improve and work on his game.
“I want to get stronger, more confident and put on some weight so I can hang around with big D-1 guys.”
As he gets bigger and stronger, Stone will attract more and more D-1 interest. Prior to his visit to Duquesne, Stone visited Bob Huggins and West Virginia. Stone tells me that next weekend, he’ll be visiting Tennessee on Friday and will participate in their elite camp on Saturday.