The latest offer from Duquesne and Keith Dambrot goes to a young player out on the West Coast.
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Evan Nelson (6-1, 160) is a junior point guard from Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona. Over the weekend, he found out from the Dukes staff that he had an offer to play at Duquesne.
Duquesne is the ninth offer for Nelson but his first offer from a power conference and his first one on the East Coast.
“Anytime you get an offer, it’s a great feeling, there’s nothing like it,” said Nelson. “Excitement and really a lot of joy because as hard as I worked to know that it’s paying off and getting recognized with receiving offers, it’s definitely a good feeling. I know Duquesne is in the city of Pittsburgh. I’ve actually been to Pittsburgh before as I went with a friend to a Steeler game. I’ve never visited the campus before but I look forward to hopefully getting out there soon.”
“Coach Thomas one of Duquesne’s assistants called me and offered. He said as a point guard, he really liked what he saw from me. He liked how hard I play defensively, how I leave everything out on the court and he said he liked the flair I had to my game.”
For more description of his game and skillset, I asked Nelson to describe the strengths of his game.
“My strengths, I definitely believe that it’s my scoring. I believe I can still get better at consistency in my shooting. I believe another strength is facilitating the game and controlling the tempo. Defensively, I believe I’m pretty strong. On the court, I just try to work to make everyone better and that’s what I take pride in,” said Nelson.
Nelson tells PSN that aside from Duquesne, some of his other offers include UC Santa-Barbara, UC Irvine, Grand Canyon, New Mexico, Rice and Portland State.