Keith Dambrot has only been the head coach at Duquesne for one season but his blueprint for recruiting is starting to become pretty clear.
Any successful college program has to develop a geographic territory that will be their focus and the Dukes clearly have that. It appears Dambrot and his staff want to focus on recruiting the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and some Midwest states.
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Last year, they landed Eric Williams from Michigan and that obviously worked out very well for Duquesne. Since Dambrot has been at Duquesne, he’s brought in 15 players, and nine of them have come from the midwest.
The Class of 2018 is Dambrot’s first one that he had a full year to fully recruit and he’s started to lay out his vision for recruiting.
Duquesne’s Class of 2018:
SF Gavin Bizeau (Plainfield, Indiana)
PF Amari Kelly (Norcross, Georgia)
PF Austin Rotroff (Wauseon, Ohio)
C Dylan Swingle (Chillicothe, Ohio)
PG Brandon Wade (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
That class might not be completely filled because this weekend, Duquesne will be hosting a talented guard from one of the states in their geographic recruiting territory.
Lamar Norman, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Godwin Heights High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan will be in town this weekend for an official visit. 247 Sports ranks Norman as a 3-star recruit and one of the Top 10 seniors in Michigan. At this point, Norman’s biggest offer is from Butler.
“I’ve been talking mainly with Duquesne assistant Charles Thomas, I’ve actually known him since I was in 8th grade. He first started recruiting me while they were at Akron so him and I have a pretty strong relationship. Him and I usually talk two times a week. He’ll also text me to see how I’m doing and stuff like that,” said Norman.
So how does Norman possibly fit in on Duquesne’s future roster?
“They’re looking at me as an athletic combo guard/wing, I can play at either the one or two spot. I’m a team first player and always look out for my teammates. I’m a pretty good defensive player and on offense, I’m good in transition and can score.”
Norman has some familiarity with future Duquesne guard Brandon Wade, telling PSN that he’s been teammates with him in AAU.
“Brandon and I have a really solid relationship and if I were to go to Duquesne, we’d be a pretty good combination at guard,” Norman said.
Norman tells PSN that he’d be excited to play in the Atlantic 10 and also for Dambrot someone that he’s developed a strong relationship with.
We’ll be sure to check in with Norman after his visit and see if Duquesne adds another talented player to their Class of 2018.