The Duquesne basketball program isn’t to the point yet where they’re going to get four and five-star recruits.
After not winning for so many seasons, the reality is Keith Dambrot and his staff must find players that they believe are under-recruited or are diamonds in the rough and develop them.
Developing talent has been something that Dambrot has earned a reputation for doing and is one of the reasons he was so successful at Akron.
Yesterday, Duquesne picked up a recruit that fits the description as a diamond in the rough and someone that will develop into a real contributor for the Dukes.
2018 forward Gavin Bizeau (6-foot-11, 205 pounds) from Plainfield, Indiana decided to close down his recruitment and gave a commitment to Duquesne.
“The main thing for me is that Coach D is a great coach and I trust that he’ll develop me. I have a great personal relationship with him and that’s probably one of the main reasons. Also, when I went on my visit to Duquesne, it just felt like a perfect fit for me, my family and also academically. It was an opportunity that I just didn’t want to pass up,” said Bizeau.
Another big reason for Bizeau’s commitment was the interest the Dukes staff showed in him. Some schools say a player is a priority, Duquesne showed Bizeau that he was one for them.
“That played a big part in this. For all of my games in July, every single game I saw a coach from Duquesne watching me. I didn’t get that attention from any other school. The amount of interest they showed in me really helped me make my decision.”
Obviously, Dambrot was a key and us someone Bizeau is looking forward to playing for next season.
“Coach D is a winner, that’s the main thing I’d say about him. He does whatever it takes to win. He’s confident and someone I look forward to playing for next season.”
Bizeau tells PSN that his biggest strengths are his versatility, has the ability to step out and shoot, can spread the floor out and take his man inside and is a size mismatch for most players.
Now that his college decision is out of the way, Bizeau says his top priority between now and next season is to improve his physical strength and to improve his athleticism so he’s “up to par.”