For the past couple of weeks, Keith Dambrot and his assistants have been all over the East coast evaluating talent.
While “Louisville All In Hoops Fest” this weekend, a 2019 point guard caught their eye and Duquesne offered him a scholarship.
Archbishop Moeller, Ohio point guard Miles McBride (6-foot, 175 pounds) had a big weekend receiving offers from Duquesne, Kent State, Miami of Ohio and Northern Kentucky. McBride previously held offers from Akron and Wright State.
Last night, we talked with this talented guard to get his thoughts on Duquesne and to find out more about him.
“I played well over the weekend and their coaches texted and contacted me and offered me on the spot,” said McBride. “Honestly, I was pretty surprised they offered so quickly. I thought they’d at least wait until Monday or something to do so but I’m glad they did.”
I asked McBride about his game and what impressed the Duquesne coaches.
“I think that it’s because I play both side of the ball. I not only score but I like to play defense too, try to lock guys up and I love to guard the other teams best player. I think they also liked my toughness and my court demeanor.
“I would say I felt a little pressure over the weekend because that was my last basketball tournament till next year because I play football too. So yeah, I definitely felt some pressure to impress and wanted to try to make a name for myself.”
In case you were wondering, McBride is a quarterback at Archbishop Moeller High School, the same school of current Pitt quarterback Thomas MacVittie.
McBride seemed very excited about Duquesne, the biggest offer that he’s received to this point. Interestingly, his family has a family tie to Duquesne and the city of Pittsburgh.
“I’ve known about Coach Dambrot’s history at Akron and I also looked him up a bit and saw that he had a lot of success there. and coach is a really great leader. As far as Duquesne goes, my grandparents actually graduated from there. My grandparents loved Duquesne,” said McBride.
Being that he’s only entering his junior season, McBride has plenty of time to decide but already knows that Duquesne will be in the mix for his services.
“I’m going to be patient. In college sports, there’s always so much movement between coaches and players, I want to see who remains loyal to a school. I also want the opportunity to go visit some campuses and check schools out.”
“But Duquesne is definitely going to be a top school with me and will stay on my radar. I still have family that lives in Pittsburgh and I’ve been up there and love it. I don’t see why Duquesne wouldn’t remain a top school of mine.”