Keith Dambrot and his staff are trying to land a talented player from Michigan for the third consecutive season.
The Duquesne stole Eric Williams out from under the noses of Michigan last year, the Dukes have signed point guard Brandon Wade this for 2018-19 and today offered a diamond in the rough prospect.
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Class of 2019 forward Andre Harris (6-foot-8, 230 pounds) from Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Arizona received an offer from Duquesne. While he currently doesn’t live there now, a number of Harris’ family is from Michigan, including his mother and cousin, former NBA star Jason Richardson.
Duquesne joins UC Irvine, Oakland and Central Arkansas as teams that have offered this junior forward.
In order to find out more about this latest Duquesne target, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Corey Boswell, the AAU Director for Powerhouse Hoops, Harris’ AAU team. Boswell is a native of Detroit and has coached a ton of high level talent from Michigan including Miles Bridges, Josh Jackson and Cassius Winston.
“Andre has a tremendous skill set for a player as big as he is,” Boswell said. “He’s a tremendous passer, good hand, has good footwork, a soft touch, tremendous rebounder. He’s a Draymod Green type player and that’s why I think they have their eyes peeled on him.”
Since he’s familiar with Harris and has also been around plenty of elite talent, I asked Boswell what type of player can Harris eventually develop into?
“I really believe that he as the potential to be a pro player. The thing that I think he’s going to benefit most from in college is the weight room and fitness aspect. He still has a lot of baby fat on him right now so that’s the most intriguing thing that coaches see now,” said Boswell. “He’s already lost a considerable amount of weight (40 pounds last summer), so he’s getting down to proper size and once he gets himself to peak conditioning considering the way he plays now, it’ll be pretty scary to see what he can do.”
Due to his ties to Michigan, Dambrot has assistant coach and ace recruiter Charles Thomas in charge of recruiting Harris.
“I’ve known Coach Thomas for quite some time and we’ve had a great relationship,” Boswell said. “I coached Eric Williams when he was with The Family, who’s at Duquesne now. Now Wade is going there this year so they have a history in Michigan. I think Andre’s game fits the Atlantic 10 perfectly so it could be a great opportunity.”