Keith Dambrot and Duquesne have officially jumped into the ring to battle for a premier talent in the Class of 2020.
Yesterday, Duquesne extended an offer to 2020 4-star forward Zed Key from Long Island Lutheran High School in Glen Head, New York. 247 Sports rates Key as a top 120 recruit and the 6th best junior recruit in New York.
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Duquesne joins Cincinnati, Florida, George Washington, UMass, Rutgers, Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure as teams that have offered Key.
Pittsburgh Sports Now was able to talk briefly with Key to get his reaction to the offer and the thing that he knows most about Duquesne is interesting.
“I believe that I’m a really good post-player,” said Key. “I have a bunch of moves down in the post like a jump hook, a spin towards the baseline, a fadeaway, an up and under move. I believe I have good footwork which allows me to finish around the rim.”
At the recent BCANY Summer Hoops Festival, Key was one of the top performers and received this evaluation from NYCHoops.net:
As the lone interior threat for what beside him an undersized Suffolk team, Key was able to control the glass and be among the best rebounders of the tournament using his size and overpowering strength to be a massive weapon down low, but offensively it was his mastery of the midrange jumper that allowed him to be a true inside/outside force as the ability to play near anywhere on the floor.
Since it’s still relatively early in the recruiting process, what is something that’s important to Key when looking for his future school.
“I’m going to be looking for a school that I feel comfortable with and for a program that I believe will best be able to utilize my skills the most.”
Key tells me that he found out on Tuesday about the offer after receiving a call from Duquesne assistant Rick McFadden.
“He offered me during our conversation and also we talked about the school, Coach Dambrot who’s a really good coach, also about my skills and he really likes how I play. They like the way I post down low and my jumper. They want to work on my ball handling and bring me outside a little more,” said Key.
When I asked Key about his knowledge of the Duquesne program, he started off with an interesting topic.
“I know that Duquesne is a LeBron school. I know that Coach D coached LeBron in high school.”